In the last sixteen months, Jenna Schneider has lost 185 pounds and is preparing for St. Jude’s Rock & Roll half marathon in Savannah, Georgia. She’s more active now than she’s ever been. She works out three to five times a week, has better eating habits and is feeling ‘fantastic’.
As a child Jenna was overweight and struggled with depression. To deal with her depression, she became an emotional eater and took medication. At an early age, she dealt with her feelings by suppressing them. For her, the fight with weight and depression had become too physically and emotionally draining. So in 2016, she made a life-changing decision.
Jenna began exploring surgical options for weight loss. She talked with her primary care doctor who recommended the Comprehensive Weight Loss Center at DeKalb Medical. Each month, the Center hosts educational seminars about the surgical and non-surgical approaches to weight loss. One of the board certified surgeons answers individual questions.
At the seminar, Jenna spoke with Medical Director Dr. Scott Steinberg about her concerns. “After meeting Dr. Steinberg, I felt very comfortable with him and I made the decision to move forward with my surgery,” she said.
On January 9, 2017, Jenna was heading into the operating room to undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery and an unexpected flood of emotions overcame her. “I started balling my eyes out and when they asked me, ‘Are you ready?’, I said NO! I was so nervous. Then Dr. Steinberg came by and put his hand on my shoulder. He said, "It’s OK. I understand. You’re going to be OK and I’ll see you after your surgery."
"His reassurance gave me a sense of peace and I was able to dose right off to sleep," Jenna remembered.
Now, 16 months later, she remains active with the Center's support group and continues with nutritional counseling at the Weight Loss Center. Whenever she gets into a ‘funk’, the conversations at the support group meetings get her back on track. Now, instead of eating to deal with her emotions, she asks herself if she is truly hungry or is it emotional. To remain successful in her journey, Jenna stays active. She exercises, goes for walks or enjoys scrapbooking, among other activities.
To learn more about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options, visit http://www.dekalbmedical.org/our-services/surgical-weight-loss.