I am just now getting pictures of me since my surgery. I want to tell you how much I appreciate you and this organization for all you do for your patients. I came there weighing in at 230 lbs and now weigh 141 lbs. When I came there, I was alone in a strange country where very few people could speak my language and I could not speak yours, however, your coordinators made sure I understood everything that was happening, ensured my good health and I was amazed that you even gave me your cell phone number to call you if needed because you were concerned of me being there alone. What a gracious effort on your part.

About my journey from start to finish….3 days after surgery was my birthday and I was hungry, so I walked across the street to the supermarket and got me some food. I went back to the hotel and ate. I had cottage cheese, soups, and even a little baked chicken. Don’t get me wrong…it was very little, but it tasted so good. I have been eating ever since. I have only gotten sick maybe 3 times total since the surgery. I can’t really eat much bread, and dry meat these things get stuck and want to come back out. Sometimes when I eat a bite that is too big or I don’t chew well enough, I get a “stuck” feeling and have to walk a little to allow the food to move down, but after that, I am fine and can continue eating.

I have lost the weight really slow for having the surgery, but for too I am grateful. I am 51 years old and have been fortunate that my skin shrank with the weight loss, so I don’t have the “apron” hanging. I have lost 11″ in my waist and 11″ in my hips. 7″ in my bust, 6″ in each thigh and 4″ in each arm. Of course I didn’t think about taking measurements until I had returned from surgery for 2 weeks, which I had already lost about 20 lbs by that point.

Here are my pics some from before I came and those from now. Thank you again so much for what you did for me. God bless you.
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Sincerely,
Connie Falke