I am Nels Anderson, the new International Director of Client Services for International Patient Facilitators.
Seven years ago I weighed 397 pounds. I was suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea as well as having had two heart stints placed. When I had my second heart episode my cardiologist came in, sat on the edge of my bed and asked if I would like to live to see my children graduate from high school. My answer was a definite yes, that I certainly would. She looked at me directly and in a very matter of fact way, and said,” Well if you don’t do something you will soon be DEAD”.
I had lost over 100 pounds on 4 different occasions in my life and knew that I could do it but with the “fear of death” now fresh in my mind, I was on a quest to find a lasting solution.
I went to my local doctor and inquired about Bariatric Surgery. Back then the cost for the RNY was a mere $27,000 of which my insurance would pay zero. I then went to a family party and my sister mentioned traveling to Mexico for Surgery. I had lived in Mexico for years and traveled frequently for work and pleasure but had never give even a moments thought of going there for a medical procedure.
I went home that night and did an internet search for Medical Tourism. I called the first company that came up in the search and 5 days later I was in Tijuana having the gastric sleeve procedure.
During the course of the next 14 months I was able to achieve a total weight loss of 237 pounds, discontinue after 2 months the need for my c-pap machine , stop all medications, prescriptions, as well as over the counter pain medications. Now when I go to the doctor, instead of getting a nervous look on their face when the nurse takes my blood pressure they say to me “are you sure that you are alive because your blood pressure is almost low”.
Additionally instead of shopping in the BIG AND TALL SECTION of a store of which I hated but had no other choice, I now can shop in the juniors’ section and buy anything that is on the rack. My daughter now has to remind me that just because I can fit into anything, I have to ask myself is it age appropriate clothing. Shopping is now fun!!!!.
In the beginning I was ashamed of having had WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY. But after I have seen how it was able to change, and save my life, I now tell everyone about it. There is no shame in getting help for something that you could not control and don’t have the tools to deal with in your toolbox of life.
I began taking friends and family down to Tijuana helping them regain their Health and Wellness. I established a relationship with several doctors and locations in Mexico as well as other procedures and not just Bariatric Surgery. Additionally I became a partner and CEO of another medical tourism company over the past 5 years .
I have now joined forces with Sheri and International Patient Facilitators, to build upon the past and jointly work to enhance growth and development for the company IPF. I have a love for Mexico as well as a personal understanding of how Medical Tourism can change and enhance ones’ life.
LET ME HELP YOU, gain the necessary tools to gain control of your weight and health .
International Director of Client Services