I began the journey for weight loss surgery with SmartShape in February of 2015. Having to plan a surgery that was several provinces away was, to say the least, intimidating and utterly terrifying to think of. From the moment I received my phone call consultation from my Surgeon, I knew that I was on the right path. There is nothing more important than having confidence in the very person who would have your life in their hands and I felt completely confident in him through our several conversations over the phone. He was not only clear and direct in his explanations of options for me, but confident in giving me enough of the information I needed to come to the conclusion that gastric sleeve surgery was my best option.
I researched other programs for weight loss surgery before making my final decision to travel across Canada to SmartShape in Toronto. I even tried to go through a free program in my home province through it’s health authority, and realized that I just wasn’t going to put my life in the hands of a program where the initial people promoting it were uninterested in the well-being of those they would be helping. Being in the medical field myself in nursing, I was able to ask more specific questions than the general public and not once did I ever feel resistance on my Surgeon’s end to answer them. And believe me, I was persistent in finding all the answers I needed to make my final decision. As a mother of 2 young children and in my late 30’s, failure was not an option for me. I know that if I didn’t have this surgery, my life would not only be filled with more medical illness, injury and additional comorbidities, but I may never see my beautiful daughters grow up. I flew to Toronto and met my Surgeon officially in person the day of my surgery. The surgical team, including the most amazing nurses at the Don Mills Surgical Centre, guided me through pre-op and post-op with genuine concern and faith in me.
It has been 5 months since my surgery and as of today I have lost 99 lbs in total. 99 lbs and so many years added to my life that I get to spend with my children and husband. 99 lbs and no regrets. No regret of reaching out to SmartShape, no regrets of choosing SmartShape and the gastric sleeve surgery. To date, this has been the most important and best decision I have made in my life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to restart my life path towards a healthier and brighter future. It is not an easy road, but the road worth taking never is.
Just to be perfectly clear … this is not a ploy to get people to choose SmartShape. I am not getting anything out of this review but the satisfaction of knowing that maybe I could convince one needing person to ask the hard questions and start their own journey towards the endless possibilities that come with prolonging your life. Think about it. Choose life.