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Cathy D.
“I have lost almost 1/2 of me this year”

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Surgery Date: March 2010
Surgery: Gastric Bypass

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What was life like before your surgery?

Before my surgery life was nothing but pain and more pain. I quit working full time because it hurt to stand on my feet for 8 hours. I couldn't even go for a walk around the block without pain.  There were times when I didn't even know if I would make it back home after leaving on a walk. I hated going swimming in public and hated buying clothes. My life was hopeless.

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What led to your decision to have the surgery?

After meeting with Dr. “Pop” (Poplawski) at Barix Clinics, and listening to what he could do to help me have a better quality of life, my mind was made up.  I knew this was what I really wanted to do for myself and my family.

How was your experience with Barix?


I felt so much warmth just walking into Barix. I knew I was in good hands. The doctors and staff were (and still are) wonderful. I never felt like I was in better hands to care for me than when I was there. I met a great guy while waiting for surgery – that would be Aster. He made me feel relaxed, and he took very good care of me until Dr. Pop came in to talk to me.  Aster was a happy, upbeat man who knew just the right things to say and do to make me less worried about the surgery. Thanks, Aster. You are an asset to Barix.

T
hanks to you all for helping me with getting me to where I am today. 

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How is your life after surgery?

Now one year later I feel like a new person.  I have lost almost half of me this year.  I’ve got no more meds for diabetes or high blood pressure, no pain from just walking.  I can go swimming in public now.  I can run and play with my grandson and not worry about what he will grow up hearing from his friends about my weight.  I hated myself before but now I can look in a mirror and be proud of what I have done with that tool Dr. Pop gave me

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What would you tell someone considering Barix?

It is the best thing you can do for yourself. Looking back I wish I had done this years ago.  Don't make the same mistake I did and wait. You won't have any regrets. 

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