Joyce Davidson of Danvers is a woman who knows her own mind. A straight shooter who works as a traffic-control manager for U-Haul, she's used to being in charge. So when she was confronted with a serious health crisis that she couldn't manage on her own, she faced a difficult choice. Last winter, Davidson was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension, a condition brought on by increased pressure on the brain that can lead to severe headaches and vision loss. As is often true in such cases, Davidson's weight was an exacerbating factor. To address her condition, Davidson was presented with two options: surgery to insert a shunt into her brain to relieve the pressure or significant weight loss. Read Joyce's story
Reinaldo Dasilva of Beverly, a 44-year-old father of four and US Postal Service clerk, gained more than 70 pounds in six years, and pain in his back and joints made even light exercise difficult. Concerned about future health issues and committed to making a positive lifestyle change, Dasilva met with his primary care physician, who referred him to NSMC's Surgical Weight Loss Program. Working with a nutritionist in the program, he initially lost 15 pounds through improved diet, but his progress quickly hit a plateau. Hoping to build on his early success, Dasilva began exploring his surgical options. Read Reinaldo's story
Jonathan and Meredith Sheldon
Since his surgery in June 2012, Peabody resident Jonathan Sheldon, 34, has lost an impressive 80 pounds* and has never felt healthier. Both he and his wife took full advantage of NSMC's comprehensive post-operative program, which includes medically supervised cardiac risk reduction, nutrition and psychological counseling, exercise, general education and peer support. "I like to describe the surgery itself as being the starting bell," says Dr. Benedetto. "Once a patient recovers from surgery, that's when the real work begins. This is where our program excels because we make sure the patient is closely monitored, cared for and supported to ensure long term success." Read Jonathan and Meredith's story
At 24, Danvers resident Erin James' life after college was on track, except for one thing. Although always confident in herself, she was feeling increasingly uncomfortable not only in clothes, but also in social situations. "I was never depressed, but I just knew my weight was holding me back," explains James. In October 2008, she decided to have minimally invasive surgery at NSMC. "I liked the band better than gastric bypass because it's adjustable, could change with me and be removed if necessary," said James. Read Erin's story
*Success stories and positive results numbers aren't guaranteed. Results will vary among patients.