Being overweight is something Methuen resident Mary Kazis has struggled with her entire life. She tried every program and fad diet she could find, but they never worked for her. One way or another Kazis was always able to keep it from getting out of control – that is until she had her son. After that she felt like she was gaining 10 pounds a year.
“My weight was getting so out of control,” said Kazis, 34. “I used to like to get dressed up, put on makeup and go out. At that point I just wanted to stay in the house. I didn’t want people to see me.”
The turning point came when Kazis and her husband, Peter took their son Nico, now 3, to Storyland in New Hampshire. She took her son on a ride, but had a hard time fitting in the space.
“I thought to myself ‘I can’t even take him on these rides,’” Kazis recalled. “That was a huge red flag to me.”
Kazis attended an information seminar at the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and met with Andras Sandor, MD and was immediately impressed with the staff’s level of professionalism and knowledge.
It has been a year since Kazis had gastric bypass surgery with Dr. Sandor and she has lost 95 pounds. She recently ran a 5K, something she never thought she would be able to do, and goes to the gym regularly. Kazis has also had to change the way she eats and keeps track of all of her meals and snacks to make sure she stays on track.
“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made other than having my son,” she said. “I feel like I glow. I just feel so much better.”
Kazis had a lot of fears and anxiety about undergoing surgery, and assumes most people in her position feel the same way. She said in the end it was the best thing for her and her family and couldn’t be happier.
“Surgery is scary, but your health is scarier,” said Kazis. “This day and age you need to be on top of your health.”
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Tuesday, June 17 2014 15:38