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October 7, 2011 at 6:57 am #30492Sally BaileyParticipant
We are delighted to announce that Streamline Surgical’s Annual Tea Party will be featured in this Sunday’s (9th Oct) YOU magazine in the Mail on Sunday. So be up bright and early Sunday morning to bag your copy!October 7, 2011 at 7:41 am #40413DoodahKeymaster
Can’t wait to see it 😉
Doodah xOctober 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm #40419tinkly_roarsMember
Me too – I wonder what time our local shops get there papers delivered??? lolOctober 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm #40421ruby tuesdayMember
Wasn’t at tea party but have been looking forward so much to seeing the people I know looking lovely in this article!October 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm #40412DoodahKeymaster
I live 10m from a One Stop and I know they open at 6am!!!! Bet I’ll be the first in the queue like a sad loser (pun intended haha!)October 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm #40418tinkly_roarsMember
@Doodah 19732 wrote:
I live 10m from a One Stop and I know they open at 6am!!!! Bet I’ll be the first in the queue like a sad loser (pun intended haha!)
Its a good job I don’t live closer to you or otherwise I think we’d be jostling for 1st place in the queue!!! lol
Tinks xxOctober 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #40417Sally BaileyParticipant
Don’t forget – tomorrow is the day for the article – YOU magazine in the Sunday Mail. See if you can spot yourselves!!!
Sally xOctober 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm #40414SpikeyjayceeMember
Can’t wait……October 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm #40407AnonymousGuest
With more than 7,000 people a year having gastric band and bypass surgery on the NHS, it’s now seen by the medical profession as an effective way to fight obesity. Andréa Childs meets 13 women who are delighted by the results
Say ‘low-fat cheese!’:guests at Streamline Surgical’s annual garden party in July
The drinks are flowing and the setting is perfect – an English country garden in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral. But this is no ordinary party. Look closely and you’ll see the refreshments are water and squash; those dainty canapés – avocado and rice cake or cucumber filled with sweetcorn salsa – are rigorously low in calories (less than three per cent fat and sugar). And the conversation revolves around one topic only – weight loss.
This is the annual get-together for former patients of the Streamline Surgical practice, founded by bariatric surgeons Shaw Somers and Guy Slater. Together with colleague Chris Pring, they offer about 800 patients each year – both NHS and private – a surgical solution for their weight problem: a gastric band, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery. The first event was held in 2003.
‘We hold the party because it’s a chance to see how well our former patients are doing and for them to share their transformation,’ says Shaw Somers. ‘We don’t just offer an operation; we have a holistic approach that helps people learn how to eat well and live healthily, which is something they got wrong before. Our patients feel they’ve got their lives back.’ Since their pictures were taken for YOU in July, many of the women featured here have gone on to lose more weight – some nearly two stone.
Jennifer lost 8st 6lb
Jennifer Sanders, 48, is a hairdresser and florist and lives in Worthing, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in August 2009.
Weight before: 18st 8lb; dress size 22-24.
Weight now: 10st 2lb; dress size 10.
I had the surgery because I looked in the mirror one day and saw how ugly I was. I was married
at 16 and went straight from being a schoolgirl to a wife and mother. While I was focusing
on my family, I forgot about myself. I ate what the children did, plus whatever else was going.
I wasn’t active any more, and I also had to cope with the emotional turmoil of moving from my home in South Africa to the UK. It all played a part. When I woke up in the hospital after my surgery,
I couldn’t stop smiling. I thought, ‘I’m going to be thin.’ My job is hard work, especially as I do a lot of weddings, so it’s nice to be light on my feet.
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm #40406AnonymousGuest
Louise lost 11st 8lb
Louise Hawkins, 42, works for an investment bank in the City and lives in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in November 2007. She had revision surgery in January 2011 to repair a hiatus hernia and stretched gastric pouch.
Weight before: 24st; dress size 30-32.
Weight now:12st 6lb; dress size 14.
My lowest post-surgery weight was 11 stone, but I gained some after my problems with the hernia. The outlet from my gastric pouch is still too large, so I never get the feeling of being full [which is what stops you eating too much]. I’m looking for additional NHS funding to tighten that with a gastric band or stitching. Despite the complications, I’d do it all again. Before, work was the only thing I had. Now I’m engaged and life is a joy. But I’ll only get married when I’ve had my nip-and-tuck surgery because after years of yo-yo dieting I have excess skin on my stomach and arms. I want to walk down the aisle in a wowser of a dress and proclaim my weight loss from the rafters!
Emily lost 7st 13lb
Emily Perry, 22, is an office worker and lives in Chichester, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in March 2011.
Weight before: 21st 7lb; dress size 24.
Weight now:13st 8lb; dress size 14-16.
It’s early days but I’d like to reach 10st, which would be the correct body mass index for my height.
The day I can fit into a girl’s hoodie from Hollister, I’ll be happy. My problem was eating because I was bored. On Sundays I’d buy a huge bag of chocolates and devour it while watching TV.
The operation has changed my mind as well as my body. Before, I’d eat a huge curry and feel so bloated I couldn’t move. Now it’s as if I know when to stop – and I haven’t even wanted chocolate. The thing I do really miss is Diet Coke – with a gastric bypass you can’t drink anything fizzy.
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm #40405AnonymousGuest
Sue lost 15st 1lb
Sue Smith, 52, works in media management and lives in Southampton, Hampshire. She had a gastric bypass in July 2008.
Weight before: 26st; dress size 34.
Weight now: 10st 13lb; dress size 12.
Before I had my operation, the only way I could get about was on a mobility scooter. I had numerous health problems – I was pre-diabetic, had massively high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an enlarged heart, and was told that I had three to five years to live. I have been married for 29 years and have two grown-up children. The thought of me dying was dreadful for them, but it was almost worse for my parents, thinking that I would die before them. Now I’m completely mobile again. When I got my job in January this year, it crystallised for me how much my life had changed. I’d been unemployed for a long time and this operation didn’t just save my life; it gave me a better one.
Ruth lost 9st 6lb
Ruth Stebbings, 48, is a teaching assistant from Welling, Kent. She had a gastric bypass in May 2008.
Weight before: 19st 6lb; dress size 24-26.
Weight now: 10st; dress size 12.
I told my surgeon Shaw Somers that I didn’t need to look like a model, but if I could walk into Marks & Spencer and pick up a size 16 dress, I’d be happy. The day I dropped below a 16,
I could have done a cartwheel! Before the operation, it was agony to walk. Now the pressure’s
off my hip, I’ve regained mobility and I’m a Zumba fitness addict. The challenge is to keep the weight off. However, if I eat too much it makes me feel sick, and when that happens, I think to myself, ‘Serves you right!’ Three and a half years down the line, it’s the only reminder I need.
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm #40404AnonymousGuest
Nicola lost 6st 11lb
Nicola Elmasoglu, 44, runs her own business and lives in Storrington, West Sussex. She had
a gastric bypass in September 2010.
Weight before: 17st 8lb; dress size 22.
Weight now: 10st 11lb; dress size 10.
It didn’t start well, because I misread the diet instructions following the operation – I went straight home from hospital and started eating solids before my stomach was able to cope, and had to be rushed back in. It took me a while to get to grips with the regime of eating little and often.
I haven’t been a size 12 since I was in my 20s: it’s a thrill to know that I don’t have to go into Evans or other shops and buy the huge sizes. I feel really, really good.
Julie lost 7st 12lb
Julie Trowsdale, 45, is an administrator from Eastbourne, East Sussex. She had a gastric bypass
in February 2010.
Weight before: 22st; dress size 30.
Weight now: 14st 2lb; dress size 18.
My life has changed beyond recognition. I feel like a normal person, not a freak of nature. I had the gastric bypass because of my health. My blood pressure was high and I couldn’t walk more than 100 yards without sitting down. The surgery wasn’t a trouble-free solution – the rapid weight loss meant I ended up with gallstones and I had to have my gall bladder removed, then the painkillers I had to take resulted in blockages in my bowel. I’m fine now, though, and looking forward to the future. I recently found a lump in my chest and showed my husband. He said, ‘That’s your ribs.’ I didn’t know I had those!
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm #40403AnonymousGuest
Emily lost 10st 7lb
Emily Winchester, 31, works at St Richard’s Hospital and lives in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in April 2010.
Weight before: 24st 13lb; dress size 32.
Weight now: 14st 6lb; dress size 18-20.
I can’t eat bread or pasta now; rice can be problematic and sweet stuff is a definite no, but I don’t miss any of it. I had type 2 diabetes and my GP told me I’d be dead by the age of 40. Even though I was terrified by the thought of leaving my young children without a mother, I just couldn’t stop eating. Today, I don’t require any medication and I’m about to be taken off the diabetic register.
I married my partner in April, almost a year to the day after my operation. I’d always said I’d never do it because I didn’t want to walk down the aisle as a size 32. My wedding dress was amazing – lots of diamanté and bling. It was a perfect day.
Lisa lost 7st
Lisa Longhurst, 33, is a single mum living in Crawley, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in January 2011.
Weight before: 20st; dress size 30.
Weight now: 13st; dress size 14.
Learning to eat differently was hard at first. I went to my nan’s for a family roast one day, and while everyone else had big platefuls, I could only eat five mouthfuls. When she brought out three different desserts, I went to another room and sulked! But I changed my attitude once the weight started falling off. People have said I was brave to have surgery, but there wasn’t really a choice any more. I’ve since had a go at horse riding and rock climbing, but the best thing is when my eight-year-old son hugs me. He’s always told me I’m beautiful but now he says, ‘Look, my arms can go all the way around you!’
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm #40402AnonymousGuest
Lorna lost 4st 13lb
Lorna Rain, 38, is a human resources adviser and lives in Gosport, Hampshire. She had a gastric bypass in May 2011.
Weight before: 17st 8lb; dress size 26.
Weight now: 12st 9lb; dress size 16.
Portion size was the issue for me. It was, ‘Should I climb this mountain of a meal or should I eat it?’ I didn’t want my twin daughters, who are two, growing up to think it’s normal to eat that much. It’s only been a few months since the gastric bypass operation and I’ve already lost almost four stone. I did lose weight three years ago when I got married, but put it back on again. This time it’s going
to be permanent. My husband said that he didn’t mind what I looked like, but he’s enjoying my new-found confidence. I just want to be healthy and active, so I don’t have a goal weight in mind. There’s a slide at my local park and my dream is to get down that without getting stuck! I’m not there yet, but I’m determined I soon will be.
Kim lost 10st 7lb
Kim Streak, 29, is a PA from Crawley, West Sussex. She had a gastric bypass in April 2010.
Weight before: 20st; dress size 26.
Weight now: 9st 7lb, dress size 8.
I’d been on diets before but they never worked for me. I realised that if I didn’t do this, I’d end up crippled – I had severe back and knee problems – and heart disease runs in my family. Everything is different for me now, and my confidence is sky high. I knew my life had changed when I signed up to run a half marathon this month. Even if I have to walk it, I’ll definitely do it. Crossing that finishing line will be a really big thing for me.
Cont…October 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm #40401AnonymousGuest
Karen lost 10st 12lb
Karen Sheppard, 50, lives in Brighton, East Sussex, and works for the city council. She had a gastric bypass in November 2009.
Weight before: 23st 4lb; dress size 30.
Weight now: 12st 6lb; dress size 14-16.
My sister Lesley (right) and my 18-year-old daughter have had gastric bypass surgery too. I funded my daughter’s surgery because I didn’t want her to spend her adult life worrying about her weight or end up being ill. I lost 11st on the Lighter Life food replacement diet in 2005 but put it back on when I began to eat normally. Even with a bypass, you can gain weight if you ‘graze’ and stretch your gastric pouch. Now I eat well and exercise twice a week. When I step out of the gym, I feel great.
Lesley lost 12st 10lb
Lesley Fulker, 47, is a home-care support worker and lives in Brighton. She had a gastric bypass in May 2010.
Weight before: 29st 8lb; dress size 32.
Weight after: 16st 12lb; dress size 22.
I didn’t want my sister Karen to have the surgery because I didn’t want to lose her on the operating table. Then I realised that if I didn’t do it as well, my weight was going to kill me. It has made such a difference to my life. I’m going on my first holiday abroad – before, it was too humiliating to think
I might not fit in the aeroplane seat. Now I go clubbing every week, which my friends think is hilarious, but I’m catching up, doing all the things I should have been doing in my 20s. I feel that no one can stop me now and my life won’t have been wasted.
How the weight-loss methods work
A restrictive device fitted around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that fills up quickly when you eat, with a narrow opening so food passes slowly into the lower part of the stomach. You eat less because you feel full sooner. Reversible.
A complex operation that makes your stomach smaller and shortens the length of your small intestine, so that food bypasses most of your stomach and part of your small intestine. You eat less and your body absorbs fewer calories. Irreversible.
A procedure that removes 85 per cent of the stomach so that it becomes a tube or ‘sleeve’ shape – functioning normally but with a smaller capacity. Less traumatic than a bypass because it doesn’t involve ‘rerouting’ or ‘reconnecting’ the intestines. Irreversible
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