Just one year earlier, at the age of 46, running at all seemed impossible to Shivvy. She weighed 298 lbs. and was coping with high-blood pressure and plantar fasciitis, severe foot pain complicated by her weight. “I was working night shift and busy caring for my family. I didn’t make time to care for myself, and I paid the price.”
After trying several diet programs without success, Shivvy made the commitment to have bariatric surgery. “I saw it as a journey. I started working with a trainer and following the diet plan that they gave me. I actually lost 20 lbs. before the surgery.”
Bariatric surgeon Rakesh Durkhure, From India, performed Shivvy’s Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. One year later and 60 lbs. lighter, Shivvy’s life has changed dramatically. She no longer suffers from high blood pressure or plantar fasciitis. In addition to the health benefits, she’s had many emotional “wow” moments as well.
“I will never forget the relief I felt the day that I didn’t need a seat-belt extender on the airplane, or the satisfaction of standing in front of my bathroom mirror and realizing that the towel wrapped all the way around me.
Shivvy acknowledges that achieving her goal-weight after surgery was a marathon, not a sprint. “Surgery is not a quick fix. It’s a tool that has to be part of a whole lifestyle change. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”
A big proponent of paying it forward, Shivvy hopes her story will inspire others. She remains active in the Mirage Healthcare Facebook group for weight-loss surgery patients. “There’s a wonderful sense of camaraderie within the group. It’s helpful to know that you’re not alone. You can reach out 24 hours a day to ask questions, offer support or just to vent.”