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Meet Michelle

Michelle before surgery
Michelle before surgery

Michelle after surgery
Michelle after surgery

Weight loss has been a reoccurring theme for me as far back as I can remember. I have struggled with yo-yo weight loss and gain all of my life. When I was presented with the option of having an additional tool that would aid with my weight loss quest and improve my overall health, I was once again excited by the possibilities of regaining my health. On the day of surgery, I was 380 lbs. I had the duodenal switch procedure through the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program with Dr. Rana Pullatt in June of 2018, and I have taken every opportunity to change my eating habits as well as the way I prepare foods for myself in order to maximize my results. I have incorporated exercise, and I am actually motivated with all of the energy I have now to move in some way EVERY DAY. I am pleased with my weight loss results, but more than that, I LOVE the way I feel. I can take the stairs without getting winded. I can go for long walks, and I even run sometimes. I think weight loss is a personal journey for each person, and everyone must go through their own individualized experience, but for me, the tool of weight loss surgery and the guidance of the MUSC dietitians combined with my lifestyle changes has far exceeded my goals.