It was disappointing.
Christine Sabb applied for a position as a massage therapist, but didn’t get the job. She was told it was because she hadn’t had her license long enough.
But when the job went to a classmate who had been licensed the exact same amount of time, Sabb decided it was time to think some things over.
“I did some research and I found a study that said if you have a healthy BMI you can make over a million dollars more in your lifetime,” Sabb says. “I’m a single mother, and I need to make as much money as I can.”
Weighing 247 pounds and having been overweight for most of her life, Sabb wasn’t sure where to start. Losing weight had never been a priority for her.
“I didn’t feel bad. I never had anybody treat me horrible for being big,” Sabb says. “But when I sat and thought about it, I thought I could do so much better.”
After researching weight loss options for almost two years, Sabb finally decided to call the office of Mark Colquitt, MD, and was invited to attend a seminar where she could learn more. It became clear to Sabb that bariatric surgery was a very safe and effective method of controlling weight. When she found out it would be covered by her insurance, Sabb decided to have the gastric sleeve procedure and lost more than 100 pounds. She calls the experience “life changing.”
“I’m looking better, I’m feeling better, I can play with my daughter and I’ve started a new relationship,” Sabb says. “I’m able to do things that I wouldn’t have done when I was 247 pounds.”
Healthy foods and moderate exercise fuel her new lifestyle. Sabb also participates in a support group that helps her stay on course. Her advice to anyone considering weight loss surgery is to start some research and start asking questions.
“I waited two years to even pick up the phone, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner,” Sabb says. “You just have to take that step.”
If you are struggling to lose weight, bariatric surgery may be an option that can also provide benefits to overall health. For more information or to register for a bariatric seminar, call 865-331-BAR1 (2271) or visit fsregional.com/bariatrics.