I lost 32 Pounds!
By: Maria Bryan
I’ve always suffered from GERD, acid reflux disease, and more recently (a year ago) diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus. My discomfort with GERD and Acid Reflex was diagnosed over 10 years ago. I had just decided that this was just part of life - Everyone has it. To end that, my pain was so severe in the early part of February 2013 that I ended up in the ER twice in the period of 2 weeks. After an endoscopy, to further diagnose the problem, the specialist didn’t know what was causing the pain. I was placed on a few medications for acid reflux, and continued to be in pain daily for several weeks. When the medication regiment didn’t work, an ultrasound of my organs was ordered. On 03/01/2013 same day as my ultrasound, I made a decision to see Dr. Berg. While I was in the waiting room (Dr. Berg’s office), my specialist called and diagnosed the pain, which was due to Gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder. He then strongly recommended a cholecystectomy (removal of my gallbladder). Dr. Berg was very compassionate and patiently answered all of my questions and concerns that evening. On 03/01/2013, weighing at 191 lbs, I started my health journey with unbearable pain and all. At this time, I was not concerned about my weight. I started eating to heal my body, something that I’ve always known conceptually, but really did not believe in my heart. I now know and believe that food heals the body. I saw things in my body changes that I had taken for granted. For example, my skin looked better and softer and yes, I received the energy that I did not have before. I also developed a craving for apples instead of sugary sweets and I really enjoy eating salads. At the end of my care, my pain had gone from a 10+ to 1-2 pain. I definitely have not experienced heart burn or reflux thus far. Though I am not sure if the gallstones are still there, I have learned that I can manage the pain by eating healthy foods and learning to live in my “New Healthy”. On 08/02/2013, my final weigh in, I had lost a total of 32 lbs. I started at 191 lbs. and ended at 159 lbs. Thank you for all of your help and support when I thought, at times, would not subside. Yes, I feel and look fabulous! Thanks again for helping me get back to my “New Healthy.” Best Regards,