Thank you, Dr. Joseph Mileti, for all you have done for me in the past and being able to count on you in the future! I truly believe that you and your staff have been a godsend to me.

In the early 1990’s I sustained a significant shoulder injury through weightlifting and being as young as I was, paid very little attention to it. I have been a blue collar worker my whole life as well, spending the last 20+ years as a steelworker. As the 1990’s proceeded, the injury continued to get worse and started interfering with my sleep. I eventually gave up and quit taking care of myself and started noticing the effects of that as well, such as weight gain and a decline in my overall health. 

By 2011, I knew something had to be done. I had gained over a hundred pounds and was on the verge of being diabetic and needing to go on lifelong medication. Through research and help from my family doctor (Dr. Bradley Coleman) we came across Dr. Mileti and through his referral met and started to proceed with getting my health back on track. 

My shoulder replacement surgery was done in June 2012 and then the healing process began. When I first went back to my job as a steelworker, I was very timid and cautious, but in time, I started feeling more and more comfortable with my shoulder. I never gave much thought about starting to take care of my overall health again until early 2017, when I experienced a life threatening encounter. I realized I had been in "sleep mode" for the past 20 years and saw how overweight and unhealthy I had become. I knew I had to start doing something about it and began making small changes until I started noticing improvements I could build from. 

At one point prior to my surgery, I swore I would never run again or be under 200 lbs. However, through time and never wanting to give up, I saw certain obstacles were beatable and goals were achievable again. From that day in early January 2017 until now, I've lost 118.4 pounds, have rejoined a gym and even discovered cardio training again. I am in my mid 50’s now and feel just as good as ever and rediscovered the energy I lost some 20 years prior. I'm hoping to run with this as long as life will let me, and I feel there is plenty more left. I know NONE of this would have been possible without the surgery Dr. Mileti performed on my shoulder back in 2012. 

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to Dr. Mileti, his staff, my physical therapists and everybody else along the journey!


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