“I feel confident, healthy and yes, even pretty!!”
Date: November 2007
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
What was life like before your
I was so lost. I
could not run, play, dance, climb steps, or exert myself without gasping for breath. My blood pressure
was so high, my doctors worried about my having a stroke. All this at the age of 43!
I was so unhappy. My kids wanted to have fun, ride the rides at the amusement parks --not
I couldn’t fit in the seats. Too embarrassed to tell my children, I simply told them that I did not
have enough money to take them to the parks. They wanted to go see a ball game--not me, the walk from the parking lot to
the seats was too long. And the seats were so small I felt as though I were oozing all over the person next to me.
Although I enjoyed my job and family activities,
I found myself feeling too tired or lazy to engage in many activities. Just going shopping at the mall seemed to be too much work.
After a busy day on the job, I found myself so achy and tired, by the time I got home all I wanted to do was eat and watch TV. Even
when my son wanted to go to the park next door to throw a football or play frisbee, I would make excuses why I couldn’t
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
I was losing my life! I knew where I was headed and knew it was time to take charge! I knew it
would be hard, but I needed this surgery and I would do it!
How was your experience with Barix?
Clinics, what a life-changing place.
I was very afraid as this was major surgery. However, the steps the staff took to make
sure I was medically ready made me feel so safe. The staff was encouraging,
competent, trustworthy, and meticulously careful. I was treated with respect and I felt like they genuinely cared about me. Everyone
from the front desk reception staff to the surgeons and nursing staff. I
knew that I was in good hands and felt so at ease, taking
this huge life-changing step.
How is your life after surgery?
Three years post-surgery...I feel wonderful!!
No inhalers, no pain meds for joint pain and no more blood pressure medication. One and a half years later, I am STILL A NON-SMOKER!!!! I quit smoking for the surgery and
never started again. I can do all the things in life that my weight kept me from.
I feel confident,
healthy and yes, even pretty!! I danced at my daughter’s wedding. I have ridden
every coaster at the amusement park. I can do sit-ups!! I can run up steps! I
can park anywhere in the lot, even if I have to walk a distance to the entrance! I can wear a swimsuit! I
can go to the gym and work out without feeling self-conscious. I have boundless energy!! I HAVE BECOME A NEW AND AMAZING PERSON!
I tell everyone what a wonderful place Barix is and what it has done for me. Take a look at
my pictures. You can see what a fabulous life I have been given!! Thank you, thank you,
words cannot say enough.
I told Dr. Boe at my last visit,
"You have no idea just how much you have changed my life!! "Wow,
oh my gosh--unbelievable, fantastic, fabulous, and many other adjectives yet to be named!
What would you tell someone considering Barix?
Don’t make the mistake
of waiting too long. My only regret is that I could have had many
more years of joy and pleasure had I had the surgery earlier in life.