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David M.
 "I can just be myself."

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April 2009
Gastric Bypass

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Life Before Surgery

Before weight loss surgery I was reluctant to participate in activities.  I tired easily and did not feel good about the way I looked.  I always felt that I had to work harder to earn people's respect because of the weight issue. 

Making the Decision

The "final straw" came when I had to shop for suits at the "Big and Tall store. I was humiliated. The salesperson was terrific and treated me well, but I was mortified that I was there in the first place. I went to my doctor and said, "Just tell me what I need to do." He asked if I had considered bariatric surgery (I had not) and recommended Barix Clinics. After one consultation appointment at Barix I was ready to commit. Less than six months later I was on the road to a new, and more fulfilling, life.

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My Barix Experience

I was grateful for the dignity and high level of expertise that is part of the culture at Barix Clinics. Staff were compassionate and attentive before and after surgery. I was also amazed at how much they remembered about me when I returned a few months later. They take an interest in everyone; you feel like you are a member of a larger family.

This is a hospital that specializes in one thing - weight loss; and they do it very well. When you deal with the people at Barix they help you to realize that there is hope, and that you can be successful with weight loss.

How My Life Has Changed

My weight loss journey has been a turning point in my life. I am healthier, more confident, and more willing to engage in social activities.

I find that I have much more energy, I am willing to "get out there" more often. I am more confident in my role as school principal and in social situations. I don't know if people treat me differently, or if it is just perception, but it feels like I don't have to compensate for my weight anymore. I can just be myself.

I also enjoy shopping for clothes and have had lot's of opportunities as the weight continued to disappear!

I have spoken to several people about my positive experience. I think the most important thing I can say to people who are wondering about weight loss surgery is that this is tool you need to make a positive change in your life. Don't wait - lose weight - with help from the good people at Barix Clinics.

   

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