Hundreds Gather in Celebration of Nearly 10,000 pounds of Weight Loss
More than 190 people filled the Chateau Bu-Sche in Alsip on March 8th, where Little Company of Mary’s Bariatric Surgery Center hosted a celebration to support weight loss. Loud cheers were heard from a distance as more than hundred patients showed off there new and healthy bodies. The Bariatric patients had successfully participated in the comprehensive weight loss program at Little Company of Mary and had each lost an average of 100 pounds or more. Attendees were eager to celebrate their lifelong journey leading healthy lifestyles after undergoing a form of weight loss surgery.
The event featured four patient guest speakers from Little Company of Mary’s Bariatric Surgery Center who shared their personal weight loss success stories. Lyndsey Mayfield, Felicia and David Green and George Cavelle filled the room with tears and joy!
Lyndsey, a mother of three beautiful boys weighed more than 230 pounds when she realized that if she kept up with her unhealthy lifestyle, she would not be around to see her children grow-up. “I looked at my three boys one day and began to cry, thinking that I might not be around tomorrow to see them play.” Said Lyndsey. Today, Lyndsey weighs 120 pounds; she successfully lost more than 100 pounds and is enjoying her life and children more than ever.
Felicia and David Green combined, lost more than 300 pounds. “We are each others support system. We attend support groups together at Little Company of Mary and we make healthy decisions as a couple.” Both Felicia and David expressed their gratitude towards LCM’s Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Gerald A. Cahill, M.D., F.A.C.S. “Dr. Cahill gave us our life back, we couldn’t be happier.
Lastly, George Cavelle took the microphone and gave a tearful testimonial about his adult struggles with weight. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room to hear Cavelle’s speech. “I was asked to get off a roller coaster ride at a local amusement park because I was too overweight to safely ride the roller coaster. “I was embarrassed for my young children, they witness their father walk down the exit ramp.” Said George. However despite this embarrassing moment for George, it wasn’t enough to make him realize that he needed help. After a couple of disappointing visits with Dr. Cahill, George continued on his destructive path. “Dr. Cahill gave me three weeks to lose 30 pounds and I thought it meant that I had three weeks to over indulge. It wasn’t until one day, Dr. Cahill told me to stop wasting his time if I wasn’t going to take my health and life serious. The disappointed look on Dr. Cahill’s face made me realize that he was right; I do need to take my health serious. That day I committed to the program and I stand here today giving testimonial that I have lost more than 230 pounds, Thank You Dr. Cahill and thanks to the weight loss team at Little Company of Mary. You saved my life.” Said George. The crowd gave George a standing ovation as George later expressed that last summer he rode the roller coaster ride 30 times; this was the same roller coaster he was previously too overweight to ride.
The Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center is rated an American Society of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Dedicated to safely and effectively treating patients who are chronically 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight, the program offers a complete team of specialists from a bariatric surgeon to a support staff including nutritionists, exercise therapists, psychologists and more. All to provide new answers and options for overcoming obesity and to live a healthier, happier life. In the Southwest Chicago area, Gerald A. Cahill, M.D., leads the Center with more than 20 years experience. Dr. Cahill is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. He has performed more than 2,000 successful weight loss procedures.
If you would like more information on our Bariatric Surgery Center or Dr. Cahill, please visit our website at: www.lcmweightloss.org or call 708-229-5969.