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Hilary

Marion, IL
Down 165 pounds *
Gastric Bypass
Surgery Date: September 7, 2010

I am a 39 year old wife and mother of five and I knew it was time to get my weight under control, but I knew I needed help.  I went to my support group meetings and follow ups and continued to research my choice of procedure, the Gastric Bypass Roux En Y.  After my procedure, the weight just started to fall off.  The surgery did exactly what I had hoped.  It made all the efforts I do to be healthy, actually work!  There are two men in my life that came in it and changed it for the better, my husband, Jamie, and Dr. Naresh Ahuja.  Words can never express what he and all the staff at New Life Weight Loss Center and Herrin Hospital have done for me.  

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Don

Pittsburg, IL

Down 180 pounds *
Gastric Bypass
Date of Surgery: May 2012

On May 24, 2012, I had Gastric Bypass surgery. People ask me all the time why I had the surgery done, and my answer is always the same, “I did it because I wanted to live!” I had countless health problems and anxiety problems. I couldn’t walk 100 yards without getting out of breath. Now I walk up to five miles on my daily walks. My life has completely changed thanks to my surgery. Thank you, New Life Weight Loss Center!

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Aimee

Cobden, IL
Down 120 pounds *
Gastric Bypass
Date of Surgery: July 5, 2012

Having a weight problem was a trait I inherited from both sides of my family. In January of 2012, I had a friend mention she was interested in having weight loss surgery. Finally in July of 2012, I decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery and I haven’t looked back. I am no longer diabetic, and I don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea. I have more energy, more confidence and, of course, I look better and am so much happier! Thank you to New Life Weight Loss Center, the whole staff at Herrin Hospital, my wonderful friends and supportive family. Every day is a new day full of choices to make, and I choose to make good choices for my future!

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Sherry

West Frankfort, IL
Down 68 pounds *
Gastric Sleeve
Date of Surgery: September 27, 2012

I struggled for years with my weight. I tried so many different diets and nothing seemed to work. After looking into weight loss surgery and meeting the staff at New Life, I knew this would be the thing I needed to do for myself. My doctor and his staff were all very caring and wonderful people who have helped me get my life back! I am truly living a dream life now and feel wonderful! So happy I made the right choice!

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Wendee

Marion, IL

Down 118 pounds *
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Date of Surgery: November 2012

Tired of repeat failures as an obese person, I turned to New Life. Gastric sleeve surgery (along with Dr. Ahuja and his entire TEAM) has allowed me to regain my health, a normal BMI, and my life. I was unable to make this change on my own, and will be forever grateful to New Life for being right beside me every step of the way. The only regret I have is that I didn’t do this sooner! Thank you New Life!

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Cindy

Cairo, IL

Down 355 pounds *
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Date of Surgery: September 27, 2011

New Life Weight Loss center has given me a NEW LIFE! Three years ago, I was literally a prisoner in my house. I was dependent on my husband for everything. I missed out on several family functions, including my son’s events in school. I had several medical issues – the only thing I could do on my own was feed myself! The reason: My WEIGHT! When I first went to New Life, I weighed 568.9 pounds! I had gastric sleeve surgery in 2011 and lost 348 pounds! As a result, all my medical problems above are GONE! I have so much to live for and time to make up! Thank You NEW LIFE WEIGHT LOSS for giving me a NEW LIFE, for believing in me and providing the support and tools I needed to get my life back! You all are like family to me! Thank you to God, the New Life Staff, Herrin Hospital, my family, and extended family and friends for your support during my weight loss journey to my NEW LIFE!

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Tammy

Goreville, IL
Down 180 pounds *
Gastric Bypass
Surgery Date: February 7, 2011  

Before surgery I had no life. I had so many health problems and was on several different medications. I am now almost 3 years post op and I now have no health problems. I now have a happy new life to spend with my family, and I get to help inspire people and help them reach their weight loss goals. I can now dance for joy in public and not be embarrassed by my weight. Thanks to Dr. Ahuja at New Life Weight Loss Center, I am living a dream come true by losing 180 pounds!

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Kelly

Carbondale, IL

Down 171 pounds *
Gastric Bypass
Date of Surgery: December 12, 2012

After many years of struggling with my weight and all the weight related illnesses I suffered from, it was time for a change! The physicians, nurses and staff at New Life Weight Loss Center and Herrin Hospital helped make that change possible. I will be forever grateful for their encouragement throughout this life-changing transformation. One year out, I have lost 166 pounds and gained self-esteem, a better quality of life and the determination to live every day to its fullest!

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Justin

Eldorado, IL

Down 420 pounds *
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Date of Surgery: January 16, 2012

 

At 600 pounds, living life was virtually impossible. It took all I had to just get through the day. I was a prisoner in my own body and couldn’t even take care of myself. I decided I wanted to experience one day of freedom before I died, and so my journey with New Life began. I lost 130 pounds pre-surgery, then had gastric sleeve surgery on January 16, 2012. I have now lost a total of 420 pounds and live a life that I always dreamed of. The weight loss was just the beginning; the life I gained after is priceless.

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Chandra

Sesser, IL
Down 160 pounds *
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Date of Surgery: March 21, 2012

New Life Weight Loss Center changed my life and my outlook on it. I feel amazing! The staff at New Life Weight Loss Center and Herrin Hospital were wonderful. They were so supportive throughout my journey. I am able to feel good about myself and enjoy the time I get to spend with my husband and my son. I am happy and healthy and it is all thanks to New Life!

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Anne

Down 135 lbs *
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
Date of Surgery: September 20, 2010
 

 

With diabetes and all related troubles, I was excited and looking forward to surgery! I felt as if my life expectancy was limited – I don't feel that way anymore. It was not the easiest thing I've done, but it also was not the hardest. I would do it again in a heartbeat! My 91-year-old mom has been so happy for me. She says I look about two feet taller and younger, too! My sister commented on my bravery and told me she was proud of me at a support group – it made me cry!

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Gina

Down 103 pounds *
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Date of Surgery: September 27, 2010

I wanted more energy to achieve my goals to be more physically active for my children. Now, I roller skate. I go hiking on trails, discovering more of the southern Illinois I have missed. I feel accomplished. I feel that I am a better role model to my children, showing them better ways of eating and living. I appreciate the New Life staff. They have become more like family. I know they are part of my whole support. I feel blessed for the opportunity.

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Jennifer

Down 141 pounds *

I cannot say enough good things about the staff at New Life. They have been so supportive and encouraging along this journey. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and I wanted to prevent that in my own life. I didn't feel good about myself and wanted my self-esteem back. Having surgery was one of the best things I have done for myself. I am much more active than before. I was able to complete my first 5K run/walk, and that was a huge achievement.

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Erica

Down 136 pounds *
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Date of Surgery: January 25, 2011

There are no words to express how I feel about New Life. They are the very best people I know. They are always helpful and caring. I know I can count on them at any time of day. I've never in my life had a doctor care so much for me and my family. I couldn't have asked for better care. I love New Life for life!

* The people used in this video and in pictures throughout our site have experienced the results as we noted, but individual results may vary.

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