Sheila's Weight Loss Journey

At 350 pounds, Sheila Briggs was experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort. Pre-diabetic and suffering from severe sleep apnea, she dreamed of an active life, but didn't have the energy to do much more than sit on the couch. 

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Sheila was referred to the Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) weight loss surgery care team by her endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center. She chose to begin her weight loss journey at SMHC because it's closer to her home in Wells and she liked the feel of a smaller program with more personalized attention.

 ... step out of your comfort zone and start living the life that you deserve. 

From the very first meeting, Sheila felt an immediate connection to the SMHC weight loss surgery care team. They took the time to educate her whole family about the process - making sure everyone felt comfortable and prepared. And when they day came, her surgery was a success with zero complications.

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Sixteen months after her surgery, Shelia has lost 135 pounds, continues to keep the weight off, and has set a goal to lose even more weight. She’s able to do yard work, kayak, and take the family dog for a walk on Wells Beach. She is no longer pre-diabetic and no longer needs to use a CPAP machine to sleep at night. She exercises five to six times a week and meets with a trainer at the SMHC Sports Performance Center in Sanford once a week.

She continues to see her SMHC dietitian and attends support team meetings with her husband twice each month. She says this long-term support by the SMHC team has helped her stay accountable and motivated. Her husband has also been a big supporter and is thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on their family.

You’re worth it. 

The best part of all? Sheila and her husband have booked their dream vacation. While in Hawaii, they plan to slide on a zip line and go horseback riding - activities Sheila could never do before, because of her weight. Sheila chose to share her story to help other people who are struggling with obesity to understand that they are valued, important, and that their life is worth living.

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