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Success at losingWeight-loss surgery leads to improved health
Olson was told by her doctor that precautions would be taken for her safety. Olson closely followed the doctor's instructions before and after the surgery adn is extremely grateful to the Sanford Health staff and their expertise. I was on high blood pressure medicine for years. Now I’m off it and my blood pressure is normal.”
Once Olson achieved her weight-loss goal, she opted for a second surgery to remove the excessive skin in her midsection. Again, she turned to Sanford Health.“I’m glad I did this surgery, too. I have less back pain, and I’m rid of that horrible apron of skin that came with my first pregnancy and never went away even when I lost weight,” she said. “Doctors tell me I probably added 15 years onto my life and that if I hadn’t taken the weight off, I probably wouldn’t be here now.”
Olson lives with her husband,Wesley, on a farm south of Medina. She has learned to enjoy the little things in life, like being able to walk to their mailbox and back without becoming breathless. She can even climb with ease up into the Peterbuilt truck Wesley drives for a trucking company, and she enjoys riding along with him on 600-mile trips that would have been impossible for her in the past.
Although she continues to live with heart problems, Olson has a positive take on life. “Where I am at now is just a wonderful feeling, and I appreciate every day. Weight-loss surgery is a wonderful tool, and I’d recommend it to anyone.”
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