I have always exercised and was always social, but there wasn't a day when I didn't wake up and say,"Today is the day that I'm going to lose weight." At times I was able to lose 70 lbs, 50 lbs, even 60 lbs, but then I would gain it back even though I never stopped spinning. I was spinning and walking at 275 lbs and I still never stopped socializing. I wasn't a couch potato, but I was some type of closet desert eater. I would spin and then get a cinnamon croissant. I was never a sweet person. I was more into bread and cheeses. I was very disciplined, when I was disciplined, but then I would get off track. It really got worse after I had menopause, and I also went through a time taking care of elderly neighbors who had alzheimers. Then I had to shift my focus. Both of these incidents occurred at the same time. It seemed then, that my metabolism was not only at zero but almost working backwards, and I just couldn't get a handle on it. I also found all my joints were starting to hurt. The idea of not being active and my health being bad became the biggest issue because I love to be active and I love to be social.

So I began to get really focused on reading everything about bariatric surgery. First it was the journals not connected with Fairfield County Bariatrics, then it was Fairfield County Bariatrics' journals. I read about a woman who had lap band surgery and wrote about it for over 3 yrs. It inspired me to discover how she found the light, how she and other people worked up to having the surgery, and how their lives changed after it.

What the surgery does is make you stop and think. You realize that you're not taking away food, but you're giving yourself health. So your priorities change.

Its been 6 years this summer that I had the surgery, and I'm probably more fit than I was a year ago; even two years ago. As much as I want that freshly made sour dough bread with that olive oil, I ask myself what my joints are going to feel like, how it will also hurt my mind, and my body. I'm 62 and I don't want to do that to my body. I feel great and I want to continue feeling great.

I had sleep apnea which I wasn't aware of. The tests are an important ingredient in the process. I had the sleep apnea test at Norwalk Hospital and my heart stopped 52 times.

Since I've had my surgery my life has changed immensely. It brought someone back in my life that I hadn't seen for 39 years. This never would have happened if I hadn't lost the weight. I had lost 70 pounds when I got a call from Carl asking,"Do you remember me? We went to college together." It was August and I told him that I was busy until October. I made up a story because I wanted to lose more weight before I saw him. I finally did see him on Columbus Day in 2005 and we he's been in my life since. We've have done so much together. We ran the Marine Corps marathon. He bet me 5 bucks that I couldn't do it and I did do it. My father was a marine and still alive then, so that made it special. We've also completed a half marathon in Bermuda.

I've written a book about the transformation of my life; what it was about before, and what is like now after the surgery. I talk about Dr. Craig Floch and the important part he has played in my transformation. I remember getting so excited when I went to the seminar that I couldn't get through the process fast enough. His practice makes you feel like you're one of the family. Everyone there has been great in helping me get through it.

I've always been happy, but now I couldn't be happier. I 'm so happy now that I feel almost guilty that I'm so happy.

I remember getting so excited when I went to the seminar and I couldn't get through the process faster. Debbie was extremely good and helped me.
Dr. Craig also helped me in the emergency room when my neighbor was ill. It feels like a family here, so that's been excellent. The people have been wonderful. I have friends in the Boston area that have gone forward with bariatric surgery because of me. She went to a center that specializes in it. Even though it sounded a little bit more structured, they didn't have the family type of support They have technically all of the support you need here, but I haven't used many of the support things because I have so much personal support outside. The"familyness" of Fairfield County Bariatrics was, and still is important.



When I turned fifty I went to my doctor for my annual physical, which I hated doing, and I had a laundry list of illnesses. I had a fatty liver. I was pre-diabetic. My knees were arthritic. My back hurt because I had a herniated disc years ago that was acting up terribly. I was in terrible condition for a 50 year old, and my doctor told me that if I didn't do something fast and dramatic, that he would bet his entire net worth that I would have a major event by the time I was 60.

When I did the research for my surgery five years ago, Dr. Neil Floch was one of the few doctors in the area that had a lot of experience doing laparoscopic gastric surgery. I knew then, that I wanted it done laparoscopically, and I chose him because he had done a lot of bariatric surgery laparoscopically. By the time I saw him he had done about 200 lap bands, which was a lot at that time. Both he and his practice have been fabulous. I love them. They are extremely supportive. It's been a long, long process and they are always there for me.

Life is great now. I garden. I went back to school. I got a master's degree and my license in social work. I'm now a geriatric social worker. My daughter graduated from college and we now fight over my clothes. She now shops in my closet. So, every time I get something new I have to hide it so that she doesn't take it from me. It's kind of fun, and I got the belt that I am wearing today for the photo shoot out of her closet this morning.

Today it isn't about what I look like. It's about how I feel. I just have so much more energy; physically, psychologically, mentally, and spiritually. I can do so many things now that I always felt tired and exhausted doing before. The fatty liver has gone away. I had very bad sleep apnea. When I had the sleep apnea test, they made me stay over night at the testing center and I was kept on a monitor the whole time. They were afraid I would have a heart attack after the surgery. Now I'm fine. I don't have sleep apnea. I don't snore anymore. My husband does. I sleep well and I wake refreshed. Now I eat to live, not live to eat. I go to the gym. I've travelled all over the world. I've gone to China for 8 weeks with this. I've gone to Italy for 3. I've gone to Prague. I travelled everywhere and I never had a problem finding something to eat. I always managed to be OK.

People do not get extra points for suffering. There are answers that are medically safe. You have to pick the right doctor and the right practice like I did. It's a long road and that's why you need the support. It isn't just about the day of surgery. It's about a lifetime. You need the support from an office like Dr. Floch's because it is a long road. It's not a get out of jail free card.


Arik and Cynthia

Cynthia and Arik decided to have surgery at the same time so that they could give each other support, and help each other out along the way. Cynthia had her gastric bypass surgery on July 12, 2010 and Arik had his on July 19, 2010. Surgery was something Arik wanted to do for a long time. He was overweight his entire life and felt his life was heading down hill. He was suffering from hypertension, major depression, high cholesterol, was always sluggish, and on the verge of getting diabetes which runs in his family.

Cynthia originally did not want to have the surgery. After several discussions with Arik, feeling more comfortable about it, after having seen more and more people doing it, she agreed to it. Cynthia had heard great things about
Dr. Neil Floch; that he did a great job and was a great doctor. Cynthia was overweight her entire life, always tired, had no energy, couldn't do anything and wanted a better quality of life. Obesity runs in her family and she didn't want to have the medical problems that came with it.

Together they attended a seminar and as a result of it, had built up additional confidence in Dr. Floch and committed to the surgery. 11 months later Arik has lost 160 lbs and Cynthia has lost 125 lbs. Together they are on the way to achieving their weight loss goals.

Arik is a different person today; mentally and physically. He feels great, healthy, and has so much energy that people at work have to tell him to slow down. Prior to having the surgery he moved like a turtle.

Cynthia's life has turned around since her surgery. She feels fantastic, has so much more energy now, and a new very positive outlook on life.

Together they jointly say that they're so happy they had the surgery. They had no complications, no regrets and would recommend it to any one.



Before the surgery my life wasn't like it is now. I lost 130 lbs and I have a lot more energy now and I feel better. My knees used to hurt a lot when I went up and down stairs, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and I had borderline diabetes. I just couldn't do it by myself and I needed help.

I know a couple of people who came to this office and who were successful. The people here are very helpful and very supportive.

Since my surgery my life has been great. I can buy clothes anywhere I want to. I fit into a normal size chair and I can get on any amusement park ride that I want.

Now I don't need extra anything. I can give extra to people now tha I have room. When I started I was a size 24 and now I'm half of that.



Life before my procedure was unbearable. I was in the worst shape of my life. I couldn't breathe. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea and all sorts of other issues. My legs hurt. My knees hurt. I wish I had been able to spend more time with my kids when they were younger. Because I was so heavy I was unable to do a lot of the things, that I'll say, a normal person would do with their kids when they're growing up. We used to go to Disney a lot and I couldn't even go on rides.

My doctor recommended that I see Dr. Neil Floch. My wife had used him in the past and was familiar with him. So I was comfortable with him. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor. He was with me the whole way and I'm happy the way things turned out. Before, I used to feel like I was 80 years old and now I feel like I'm 27. I do a lot of things now that I never did before. A year ago we went to Disney and for the first time I spent a lot of time with my children on the rides that I had never been able to go on before. So that was a great experience for me.

I had lap band surgery in October of 2007. I lost 227 lbs. and I've maintained my weight. I spend a lot of time at the gym now and I do many, many things I couldn't do before. My life has changed. All my health issues have corrected themselves. I no longer have high blood pressure, sleep apnea or any other health issues. Before I felt like I didn't have much longer to live. My doctor felt the same way too and pushed me into doing something. I know I made the right decision.



I started out at 238 lbs. Now I'm 125 and I've lost 113 lbs. Life before the surgery was depressing. I stayed home, sat on the couch and had no patience for the children. I was wiped out by the end of the day.

Going to the amusement park was difficult because there were certain weight restrictions. I couldn't go on the river float with the kids because I was over 220 lbs. I couldn't fit into some roller coasters. It was awful.

I work at Norwalk Hospital and I've seen the surgeries that they've done. I said enough was enough after so many years of fighting it.

Life is wonderful now. Absolutely wonderful! I was a 22 and now I'm a 2. I'm at the gym six days a week and did a mini triathlon. My kids love it because I can do everything with them. I play ping-pong with them. I get out there and I ride bikes with them. Rock wall climbing; we do it all.

I do look great now. I have lots of energy and lots of patience too.



Since my lap band procedure I've lost 100 lbs. Before I had the procedure life was very difficult. I did a lot of traveling. I had to be on a plane a lot and it was very uncomfortable. I was always nervous that I would get stuck in that middle seat. I needed extra room and I always ended up getting stuck in that middle seat. Over the years I didn't do much because it was very difficult to do anything.

My kids were active in sports and I couldn't be active with them. One day my 13-year-old son who is a hockey player and a very big eater was sitting at the dinner table and not eating. So I asked why he wasn't eating. He said,"You know mom I don't want to be fat like you." That was the starting point. A 13-year-old kid is being honest and not eating because of me. I finally realized how I was affecting my family. He didn't want to look up to me or be like me.

I did a lot of research over the Internet and I went to one of Fairfield County Bariatrics' seminars. I didn't want somebody who hadn't done a lot of these procedures and I wanted a practice that had multiple doctors with expertise. My experience with the practice has been wonderful. I'm back to skiing and doing all the activities that I used to do.

Now my son will go into the laundry and pick up a pair of pants and say,"Mom is it yours or mine?"It's ridiculous. It's great.



I was suffering from obesity and I went to other seminars and did not like the way things were presented at them. I went to Dr. Craig's and Dr. Neil's and decided to go with them and lost 167 lbs.

Before my by pass surgery it was hard for me to get into an airline seat and now I can easily get in one. Now I can bend over and tie my shoes. I can walk a lot better. Medically things are also a lot better. I'm not tired all of the time anymore. I have so much more energy now. I've gone ballooning twice since the procedure. I roller-skate. Now it's so much easier to do everything. It just makes life so much easier.

I have never had a bad experience with the practice. Whenever there has been a problem, it's taken care of right away. The after care is just phenomenal.



I've lost 85 lbs. since my lap band surgery on Oct 31, 2007. Before my surgery I didn't like going out much. I felt very insecure and felt that everybody was always looking at me. I just never really felt comfortable. I saw a picture of myself at my mother's 80th birthday party and that's what made me decide to do it.

Having the surgery was really like getting my life back, Everyone at the practice is just wonderful and extremely supportive and always therefor me.

It's just great now, waking up every morning, and living without thinking every day about your weight. It's great just going throughmy day feeling comfortable; feeling like I fit in with everybody. People just look at me differently now. It's incredible. It makes me feel so much better about myself and more self-confident. I changed my job once I lost the weight and now I'm an Office Manager for a cardiologist. I'm definitely more active now. I just wish I had done it sooner when my kids were smaller.

My kids are teenagers and in their early twenties and they're lending me clothes out of their closet and they say,"Mom, here try this on." So, it really has been a fabulous experience for me andfor the whole family. My kids are just so happy and they're so proud. And definitelynow, I'm extremely proud of myself.


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