Rosemary Duschene had grown weary of her diabetes – and along with it, her daily regimen of multiple pills, multiple shots and multiple complications.
“I happened to catch a commercial that said bariatric surgery improves the diabetic condition,” she said. “I had been a diabetic for 25 years, and it was just becoming totally unbearable.”
With support from her physicians and loved ones, she underwent the surgery just over a year ago, and now reports her diabetic regimen is down to just one pill per day – with the hope that even that one last pill could become unnecessary.
“Within one year’s time I lost 65-70 pounds,” Duschene recalled, noting the lifestyle change was “really not so difficult! TMC made certain everything was perfect before I became a candidate for surgery.”
After the bariatric surgery to assist her weight loss, she was quickly back on her feet and active. “I wasn’t used to sitting around, and now I had all this added energy and less weight to carry around, so it was easy to get up and move.”
She had a dog to walk, so that was a great motivator – but the biggest energy stimulus has to be Duschene’s 2-year-old grandson, always ready for a trip to the park.
“I let him run, and he chases me, and I chase him…I want so much to be a part of his life. It’s hard to keep up with a 2-year-old, but it isn’t so bad any more! I don’t get so tired. It’s just really great to feel so good.”