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This is a story of a couple that truly does everything
together. Hello my name is Chris
Chesrown and this is a Journey that me and my wife Lisa began 1 year ago. Since late August in 1999 me and my wife have
been a team in life, a team in love and a team in faith. Shortly after getting married and starting
our family we both started to slowly and steadily gain weight. We both struggled with the usual see saw
battles of dieting and exercise. The
roller coaster of weight loss and emotional stress. While we were completely satisfied with each
other and our lives together, we were also prisoners in our own bodies. We both felt lost, hopeless, and miserable
about our own appearance, our eating habits, and overall fitness level. After 14 years of dieting and trying just
about every gimmick or fad known to man we were so lost and had no direction on
how to turn our life and our health around..... It gets to a point after so
many years that you just feel hopeless and too far gone.
This next chapter in our lives together we so proudly and
happily refer to as "our journey".
In the summer of 2014 Lisa was just done!!! Fed up with how she looked
and felt day to day. She had mentioned
over the past couple of years that she would really like to possibly have
bariatric surgery. So wanting my wife
and partner to be happy and feel about herself the way that I feel toward her I
set out to research these types of weight loss surgeries and what they are
about. Like beacon from above the very
first site I ended up checking out was The Bariatric and Metabolic Center of
Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital.
There was an advertisement for a free seminar about these surgeries by
the Surgeon who performs them. Something
just seemed to feel very comforting about the info on the seminar so I signed
Lisa up and just as we always do we went together to find out if this was
something Lisa would really like to do.
After meeting Doctor Long and listening to how he works not only as a
surgeon, but more so as a person and how he approaches his life's work with
such reverence and passion to truly help people break the chains of weight and
the other health issues that come with it.
We weren't in the car on the way home 5 minutes before Lisa said I want
to do this..... Never even thinking this was something I would ever do I turned
to her and with complete confidence said "I want to do this
too". Our Journey began that
night! We called the office the next day
and signed up for a trio of consultations.
We would need to meet with their in house nutritionist, psychologist,
and of course meet with Doctor Long.
From the very first time we anxiously and nervously opened the door to
the clinic we were welcomed with gorgeous smiles, caring words and people that
truly love what they do and the people whose lives they touch every day. From that day forward we had many consultations,
classes and requirements to not only help us confirm our commitment to this
life change, but to also teach us how to live a more educated and disciplined
lifestyle with all of the negative attributes which contribute to weight and
The surgery!!!! We
both of course chose to have the same procedure from the list of many that they
offer. We chose to have "the
switch" otherwise known as laparoscopic duodenal switch. Our stomachs would be reduced in size and
volume by up to 80% and some other plumbing would be rerouted as well. This seemed like the best option for us
because of the amount of not only the amount of weight we needed to lose but
also we want to have the best opportunity to keep the weight from coming back
as we have learned a lot of weight issues are more then food related it can
also be genetic. Lisa had her surgery
first on October 27th, and I was right behind her on Nov 17th. Oh what a difference a year can make!!!!!
Life after surgery. Recovery was exactly what they said it would
be and just a few weeks after surgery we both could really start to feel the
difference as well as see the weight disappearing. We were no longer prisoners in our own
bodies, we were no longer handicapped by our weight, we were living and moving
and feeling better then we had felt in so many years. We found ourselves wanting to go our and go
for walks and adventures and wanting to explore our new lives. We were set free and it feels better then any
dream or fantasy you could imagine, because it is real and continues to get
better everyday! We fit in any booth,
chair, seat there is and for me that is something I have never felt in as long
as I can remember. We are currently
planning a huge family vacation and we can't wait to go on the plane and be
able to sit in the seat comfortably. We
owe our new lease on life and our amazing new health to The Bariatric Center,
Doctor Long, and the entire staff who has brome not only great mentors and
coaches, but true friends and life long partners. We are forever grateful and proud to be a
part of Doctor Long's family of success!
Big boned. Husky. A little more to love. These comprise the short list of phrases that I've heard time and time again. Tie unintentional hurtful comments to a perfectionist mentality and I was doomed from the start. I have tried every fad diet and I did occasionally experience successful weight
loss: it was never long lasting and it always came back at least double.
You see, I am actually a very driven person. I set goals and I exceed them. I love to learn and have not one but two masters' degrees - ironically in health care administration and public health. But despite my drive and my education, I've been over weight for as long as I can remember. Ok
not totally true, I have one picture in my mind of myself when I think I was just right. A "Goldilocks" moment at the tender age of 11 when I was able to borrow a pair of shorts from my cousin. I couldn't believe that they fit just right. My work had paid off, at least for that day.
For years I struggled. The older I got, the more real the struggle. Mostly though I was healthy. I exercised and I ate whatever I wanted. I also drank Cola like I should have been drinking water. I've learned that I ate when I was happy, stressed, tired, angry ... did I say stressed?
By the age of 37 I weighed in at 287 pounds. Being only 5'3" I was finally noticing that I couldn't move as easily as I once had. After climbing a flight of stairs I would be wheezing and out of breath. I could no longer fit comfortably in the size 24/26 clothes I was shopping for. It was depressing and I was a failure.
One day I went to a lunch 'n learn at work to hear about bariatric surgery. I think I knew it was the only answer, but still wanted to investigate more. I met privately with the surgeon and his team. When I left the building, I never looked back. I didn't trust THAT team and decided that I would try again on my
own. Another year went by. My husband and I tried to start a family but were not having luck. We wanted a family so badly so we went in for a consultation. My OBGYN told us that she could not help us get pregnant until I lost weight. It would be too risky. That was a hard conversation. And it wasn't like I
didn't try. I had. I did! In fact, over the last several years nothing I tried worked - I gained weight even under the close guidance of a fitness coach! Who does that?
By this time I was suffering from sleep apnea, head and body aches, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, infertility, and probably much more. My outlook was bleak.
My OBGN asked if she could make a referral for bariatric surgery and I agreed. The next week I received a call from her. She had made the referral and had also run into Dr. Long and told him all about me. They were both excited for me to meet with him! A couple of weeks later I went in to Dr. Long's office and I knew I
was making the right choice:
1. His staff is awesome. They are personable and knowledgeable. They care. Sometimes we keep going back to a doctor even when they have terrible staff - I don't know why, but we all know that it happens. This isn't the case at all at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center of Colorado. They really want to help people lose weight
in the healthiest whole person centered & least invasive method possible. Never once did I feel like I was being pushed into surgery.
2. They have a truly holistic approach. My first appointment included time with a bariatric counselor and a dietitian. I then met with Dr. Long and his PA Sarah. Before I left they helped me prepare to get approval from my insurance.
3. Dr. Long's team teaches classes that prepare you for every aspect pre and post surgery. I know people who didn't have this wrap around support and they have NOT been as successful. Dr. Long's team also offers a monthly support group for ongoing learning and peer support!
After 6 months of classes (a requirement by my insurance), I had surgery in September 2014. I took a full month off of work and I spent that time healing and being mindful. I practiced all the tools that I was taught by Dr. Long's team. I developed habits and I was strict about all the rules for the better part of a
year. I'm not as strict these days because this is life and I want to live it and occasionally life includes a small treat.
It hasn't always been easy. The life changes though have been worth every second. My advice: Stop waiting. Don't blame yourself. Find a care team you can trust. Play with recipes. Play outside. Find protein you love. Include your friends and loved ones on your journey. Don't give up.
I've lost more than half of my weight. I no longer take prescription medications and am no longer diabetic, hypertensive, etc. We hike and cross country ski, kayak, ice skate, remodel our home and go for long walks. Who could have imagined? The only thing left is to start that family, which we hope to do this year. Thank
God for Dr. Long and his team!
I am writing
to share my amazing experience with Dr. Joshua W. Long. I am a bariatric
patient and started my journey back in 2007. I had a lapband, however,
unfortunately in 2014 I had to have it removed. I was referred to Dr. Long in
2015 by my hairdresser, who was very pleased with the treatment and services
she received from him. I will be eternally grateful to her and to God for
putting me in the most competent hands I’ve ever been.
embarked on my journey to pursue bariatric surgery again, Dr. Long renewed my
motivation and my respect for bariatric medicine. From the moment I met him and
his staff, I was impressed at the professionalism, the high standards, the
exceptional coordinated team effort and the level of care I received. Dr. Long
took the time to listen to my situation and he allowed me to voice my fears and
concerns as well as ask several questions. He treated me like a valuable human
being. I was highly touched by his compassion as he laid out the plan of action
for my treatment. During the first appointment, I cried tears of mixed emotion
as I realized how much he really cared and as I witnessed his tremendous
passion for his profession.
the journey, Dr. Long never talked at me, nor down to me. He explained his
answers as I asked my questions. I originally decided upon the sleeve, then
later changed to gastric bypass after months of research and self-reflection.
Dr. Long was hoping I would change as it was in my best interest, however, he
never forcefully said so. He was compassionate, encouraging and very savvy in
his guidance. Dr. Long was extremely thorough in all of my pre-operative
processes, he took the time to obtain necessary testing so that any risk may be
mitigated. Although at times I was annoyed, I know he did so in my best
On March 8,
2016, Dr. Long performed gastric bypass and my recovery was going well. Unfortunately,
I suffered some complications shortly thereafter due to a genetic blood
clotting disorder previously unbeknownst to me. Well, Dr. Long worked
diligently and immediately to remedy my situation and he worked tirelessly with
the hospital nurses to provide me with everything I needed to return to health.
During the process, he continued to include me in the treatment planning
process whether in person or by phone. Dr. Long came in to see me every single
day while I was in the hospital – Saturday and Sunday included, taking time
away from his family to fulfill his Hippocratic Oath. I was mind-blown that a
physician would do this. He also called and checked on my status multiple times
even late into the evening and wee hours of the morning. Dr. Long would make
suggestions and would allow me to decide what to do, never telling me what to
do. I will forever be grateful for this amazing surgeon who saved my life. I am
humbled and touched that he would have such relentless determination to make me
well again. He was just as thorough to get me well as he was in the
pre-operative process. Never once was I afraid or anxious because I knew that I
was in highly competent hands. I was discharged from the hospital as soon as I
was stable, not a moment too soon.
I am doing
amazingly well and I will continue my journey as a bariatric patient with great
confidence now that I have an amazing surgeon with an amazing team as my back
up. I did not have this experience with my lapband and now I feel very
empowered that I have Dr. Long and my team walking alongside me as I embark a
new bariatric path.
I am close to fifty years old and I have had a
total of ten surgeries in my life, the first being at the age of sixteen. By
far, Dr. Long is the best surgeon I’ve ever had and I’ve had several! He is
compassionate, dedicated, and determined to provide the safest, high quality
care possible. At my worst he was there every step of the way to restore my
health and I look forward to having him by my side as I navigate the journey to
optimum health. Dr. Long saved my life in more ways than one, I look forward to
this exciting chapter in my life with my bariatric surgeon and team!
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