Persistence. Dedication. Determination. These are all traits that describe Sharon Nobis’s journey over the last 10 years. She experienced both joy and hardship from the birth of her first grandchild to the death of her mother.
The middle of five children, Sharon had battled weight problems her whole life. In 2009, Sharon decided it was time for a change and that year she had lap band surgery, but her positive results were short-lived.
“After my mother passed away in 2012 my weight started to climb,” Sharon says. “What we didn’t know at the time was the chance for complications or to gain the weight back.” Sharon explains.
Eventually, everything from sleeping to swallowing and breathing started to become difficult for Sharon. Since her previous surgeon was no longer in practice, she was referred by a friend to George Kerlakian, MD, a surgeon with TriHealth Weight Management.
“I was struggling with what to do next and Dr. Kerlakian was so encouraging and really took the time to listen to my story and suggest what options would be best for me,” Sharon says.
The Commitment to Lose
With the guidance of the TriHealth Weight Management team Sharon began a journey of taking control of her weight. Dr. Kerlakian stressed to Sharon that surgery should not be a rushed decision but after months of consultation with Dr. Kerlakian and his team, they decided it was the best option for her.
“The thought of not being able to enjoy my grandson and my own children was the deciding factor for me. I knew this surgery would change my life,” Sharon says.
In the fall of 2017 Dr. Kerlakian performed gastric bypass surgery on Sharon. It was initially scheduled for her birthday, but they pushed it back a few days. Sharon says her experience on the day of her surgery was cathartic.
“It didn’t matter the day my surgery was scheduled – I was ready for this. It could have been Christmas and I would have done it,” Sharon explains.
A new life
More than eight months later, Sharon has lost 67 pounds and hasn’t looked back.
Sharon describes this emotional journey, “After my mom passed away I sank into sadness and struggled with my emotional eating. Having a second weight-loss surgery seemed out of the question and quite honestly, I was a bit embarrassed.”
With the help of the TriHealth Weight Management team, Sharon has received support that has helped her come to terms with the second procedure and conquer her emotional eating.
“Having this surgery and working with the team has been a blessing. Every single person on that team has impacted my life. You walk in and just immediately feel welcomed. They really get to know your story and create a safe comfortable environment setting you up for success.”