Surgical Weight Loss: Helen McConkey

Helen McConkey

Before

Helen McConkey

After

What do you know now that you wished you had known prior to surgery?
I wish I would have known that the post weight loss surgery road is not easy.  There will be pitfalls, times of extreme happiness and times of great frustration. Through it all, having this surgery was one of the best decisions that I have made.

What have you done after surgery that you were surprised you could do?
I have completed four triathlons and becoming a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I never would have attempted either of these before I had surgery!

How has your life changed since surgery? 
My self-esteem and confidence are both much higher. I am healthier and more physically active.

Do you have advice for anyone thinking about weight loss surgery?
WLS is an amazing tool, but it’s not a cure for obesity or compulsive eating. You also need to make lifelong commitment to take your supplements and get your labs done yearly!