"The pounds and inches melted away!"
Surgery Date: January 2004
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
My Life Before Bariatric Surgery
My serious weight problems
didn't start until I turned 18. Two beautiful babies later, lots of extra weight, a multitude of diet attempts and I
was at the end of my rope. I knew that I had to do something. I was becoming very depressed and withdrawn.
I was so unhappy and hated myself. I did not want to go anywhere, make eye contact or even see my own friends.
I was to the point where I had no more will power. I would not even last two weeks on a diet. I was so tired
of setting myself up for failure. I just could not do it anymore on my own. I had tried so many times and just
did not have it in me anymore.
Making the Decision
started researching surgery and program options in February of 2001. When I told my mother that I was considering weight
loss surgery, she talked me into Medical Weight Loss instead. It actually worked...for a while. I lost 100 pounds,
but the minute I stopped the diet, my body was like a sponge and I quickly regained the weight that I worked so hard to lose
and then some. In October of 2003, I made my consultation appointment. I didn't tell anyone what I was doing,
not even my husband. I needed to find out if I was a candidate first. Although my BMI was high enough, I didn't
have any medical issues besides sore joints.
I was happy and humiliated to
find out that I was a candidate. Happy for the hope that the surgery offered. Humiliated because I had to admit
to myself that I was that big. It was time to tell my husband of my future plans. He was great--so supportive.
He just wanted me to be happy.
I proceeded with all the testing and
clearances and scheduled my surgery. I didn't tell anyone but my husband that I was having surgery. I couldn't
take the chance that they would talk me out of it again.
Making Success Happen
I followed the
instructions exactly. I did everything that I was told and lost weight ahead of the expectations. It was difficult
to adjust my eating style. I had to learn to eat all over again--small bites, chew well, slow down.
I took advantage of that first year window to lose my excess weight. I went to
the gym 6-7 days a week. I was always in the gym. My super supportive husband took over with the kid's dinner
and activities so I would have time for working out.
How My Life Has Changed
As my size went down,
my confidence came back. I felt like the "old Carey" was coming back. After I lost 125 pounds,
I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Vincent DiNick, a plastic surgeon. What a great doctor. I had a tummy tuck
and a breast lift. I walk by a mirror and I can't believe it's me. The icing on the cake. Dr.
DiNick made such an impression on me that I decided to work for him. I now help other people look great.
This has been quite a journey for me. I worked hard to get where
I am and I will always have to work to maintain my weight. The surgery was a tool, not an easy way out. I feel
truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have surgery at Barix and plastic surgery with Dr. DiNick.