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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Story

John's Story

John is 22 years old. He’s lost weight and maintained that loss for over 2 years. This is his story.

John tried everything in his teen years to lose weight, but his weight kept climbing. He weighed over 300 pounds at his high school graduation. After graduation, John didn’t feel confident enough to move away from home and was discouraged when searching for a job.

One day John was napping on the couch and his dad noticed he had long pauses in his breathing. John’s dad videotaped him and the next day the two of them took this video to the doctor. After some testing, John was diagnosed with a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. To treat the sleep apnea, he started using a machine that helped him to breathe better at night.

After several weeks of treatment, John started to notice that he had more energy and felt less tired during the day. He even applied for a carpentry job and started working. John made some other lifestyle changes and started to lose weight. He is still using his machine at night and likely always will. Continuing with making even more lifestyle changes has made it much easier to keep the weight off.