Danny’s post-op journey was so smooth, that Kristen followed in her husband’s footsteps, undergoing the exact same procedure with Dr. Richard.
“We chose the same surgery because it would be easier to hold each other accountable that way,” Kristen said. “Dr. Richard put it in terms of teamwork, and it made a lot of sense.”
“If you do this journey as a couple and you’re supportive of each other, it really makes for lasting, long term weight loss,” Dr. Richard added.
That’s because a sleeve gastrectomy requires a lifetime dedication to diet and healthy living.
“At this stage I think that there’s a large stigma surrounding weight loss surgery, that it’s cheating or that it’s the easy way out. And I think that’s far from the case because it still does require work and effort and thought,” Kristen said. “You have to still make healthy choices. Weight loss surgery is just a tool.”
The Motes’ commitment to health and to each other is whole – and their present reflects that.
“We’ve gone from kind of being homebodies – because we were too embarrassed to go outside and do things like hiking and kayaking and just even walking – to people who get outside and do things all the time,” Kristen said. “I’ve had several people reach out to me through social media, just friends or whoever, and they ask, ‘How did you lose all your weight? What did you do? You look great.’ And I always tell them about Longstreet and Dr. Richard and what he’s done for us and how helpful the whole organization is.”
Most importantly for the Motes, they can now pass that commitment and healthier lifestyle onto their two-year-old son, Marshall – who may not have even come along if not for their bariatric surgery decision, as infertility and low motility are also comorbidities for obesity.
“I think the biggest benefit or reason we really sought out help was infertility,” Kristen said. “We waited six years for our son and this weight loss has really allowed us to achieve that precious gift of being parents.”
“After my surgery, probably within two or three months we found out she was pregnant,” Danny said. “Now we can instill good values in our son. That’s something that really means a lot to us.”