When Jill Wojciechowski and her husband, Brian, decided to start a family, they visited a fertility specialist and had years of heartache before finally conceiving their now 7-year-old son John.
The biggest hurdle they faced: Jill’s health complications and her weight.
High-blood pressure, asthma and acid reflux were just a few of the issues she faced. At 304 pounds, and after two prior attempts at weight-loss surgery where Jill admittedly “chickened out” at the last minute, they knew it was time.
So Jill set up an appointment with BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital. Under the care of Joyce, Jill underwent gastric bypass surgery in August 2016. She remained in the hospital for two days where she received kind and compassionate care from Silver Cross Hospital staff.
More than two years later, Jill has lost more than half her body weight. At 144 pounds, she has a new lease on life and couldn’t imagine what her life would be like if she hadn’t mustered the courage to commit to her health.
But the energetic wife and mother is quick to point out surgery was not the easy way out. “This is definitely a lifestyle change, not a one-time fix-all,” Jill said in a news release. “You have to work hard at it.”
These days, Jill has more confidence and energy than ever before. She’s also a lot more social.
"I maintain my good health by walking every single day, playing with my son John and keeping up with the nutritional class with BMI every three months,” she said in the release.
Jill also follows the eating and drinking guidelines of the “Bariatric Bible” to the letter and relies on her “support team, which includes my proud parents, my loving husband, Brian and my amazing co-workers.”
In November 2017, Jill and her family fulfilled a longtime wish when they ventured to Disney World in Florida.
“I had no fear of not being able to fit on the ride," Jill said in the release. "It made John so happy that his mom could do this with him."
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