A Life Changing Event
At 5’9, and 270 pounds, Bill Kelly’s mother asked him how he got that big. Bill’s response was, “one bite at a time.” After 30 years of trying every diet on the market and spending tens of thousands of dollars on weight loss promises, his life took a dramatic turn on Nov. 6, 2008, when he received a gastric sleeve.
Bill’s wife, Eileen, had only one wish, and that was for him to be healthy. With the help of Dr. Robin Blackstone, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgical Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, this Christmas, Eileen’s wish has come true.
“After attending one of Dr. Blackstone’s Sunday seminars, my mind was made up,” Bill said. “She and her staff gave me the tools to change my life. It’s not easy, but it’s 100 percent achievable if you have the proper mindset. It’s 5 percent physical and 95 percent mental. For this to work, you have to make the commitment to change your lifestyle.”
A self-proclaimed steak and potatoes man prior to his procedure, Bill would also drink 10 to 15 sodas each and every day. Just more than a year after the surgery, he drinks only water. He’s down to a healthy weight of 160 pounds, boasts a body mass index (BMI) of 22, has 14 percent body fat, takes absolutely no medications, and his energy is through the roof. Now a 28 inch waist, Bill and Eileen can BOTH fit into his old 46-inch pants.
The days following Bill’s surgery were challenging, but worth the effort. He smiles and says Dr. Blackstone was a drill sergeant, ordering him out of bed at 6 a.m. to walk the halls of the hospital. While he was allowed to rest in a recliner during the day, he was not allowed back in bed until midnight. He credits this strict regimen for his lack of complications and absence of blood clots during his recovery.
To say his lifestyle has changed would be an understatement. In the past, Bill lived a passive, white-collared existence. Today, he is a black belt in Kung-Fu, a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, and most importantly, he’s able to help Eileen with the household chores. But his greatest accomplishment is being able to keep up with his 28 year-old son, Josh, step for step as they recently climbed two 14,500’ mountains near Josh’s home in Colorado.
“My advice to anyone considering this surgery is to attend a seminar and at least one support group meeting. Come prepared with questions for people who have already had the procedure. Don’t wait any longer. Enjoy an improved quality of life while you still can.”
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