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Joshua's Story


Joshua knew he had to make a change after his son asked him if he was going to die. To address his obesity, Joshua elected to consult James Parrish, M.D., about his options. “I knew I had to do something,” Joshua says.

“Dr. Parrish offered effective solutions.” Dr. Parrish performed laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, setting the stage for weight loss by changing Joshua’s physiology and brain chemistry. “He’s a completely different person now,” Dr. Parrish says. “All of those obesity-related illnesses he had before have gone away, and he has gotten his life back.”

Since the surgery, Joshua has lost a significant amount of weight and embraced an active, healthier lifestyle. “I went from not being able to walk 100 yards without losing my breath to being able to run two miles,” Joshua says. “And my care at CHRISTUS Cabrini was excellent. I felt like I had family in the room with me.”