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Dr. James Chau
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Congrats Melissa! Read her story here.

Hi,
 
I just wanted to send you all a quick note of thanks and give you an update that might be useful to some of your patients in understanding how weight-loss surgery can change their lives too.
 
Back in 2014, I weighed 113kg and could not have run 100 metres to save my life. I constantly felt tired and unwell, and my kids observed me daily on the lounge, or in bed, watching tv and reading. They also observed me eating a lot of unhealthy foods that were ‘normal’ in my life and in our household.

In late May 2014, all that changed when I had a sleeve gastrectomy operation with Dr Chau. At the time, I thought I might get down to 70kg if I was lucky, and maybe be able to wear nicer clothes, feel slightly better and go on some dates.
 
As it turned out – the real joy of weight-loss was in finding a sport I love and getting excited about life again…
 
I now weight 63kg, and have learnt to run!
 
I completed my first City to Surf a couple of weeks ago, coming in the top 10% of women participants!
I am in half-marathon training and will complete both the Blackmores and Auckland half marathons later this year – I cannot believe that I am flying overseas for a sport. I’m amazed.
 
More importantly – I feel strong, confident, happy and healthy for the first time in my life, and my kids are proud of me! They get up early to come to my running events and they are so eager to tell their friends that their mum runs long distances regularly.
 
I have attached a picture of myself now – I don’t look happy (I’m in pain!) but I have the most deeply held feeling of joy in the world, because this is me – I’m a strong and healthy woman.
 
Thank you – I hope my experience helps people understand that weight-loss surgery changes lives if you work with it and follow the rules.
 
Regards,
 
Melissa
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Bariatric Support Groups meet once a month in Dubbo and Sydney.
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Dr. James Chau is recognised as Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
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