My Life Before Bariatric Surgery
There are so many ways that being obese affects a person's life -- some
you don't realize until you have lost the weight. I used to be the person who did everything for everybody all the time
in an effort to get them to like me. I felt that nobody could possibly like me the way that I looked. This left
no time for me. I always thought and spoke negatively about myself. I had to be the one to make fun of my size
because I thought it would sting less. I had to be in control of everything else because I felt that my body size was
out of control. I came to realize that I was living in my comfort zone. I had no hope of my circumstances ever
changing. I didn't have any major health problems...yet. With my family
history, I knew it was only a matter of time. I did have insulin resistance and very little energy.
Making the Decision
I did my research and made an informed decision.
I thought about the adjustable gastric band surgery, but decided that the gastric bypass was right for me. I chose Barix
Clinics because the Barix surgeons and staff are specialized. I felt that I was thoroughly informed of all my options
and every question was answered.
I am glad that I chose Barix. My surgery went smoothly-no problems at all. The hospital was comfortable
with all necessary amenities. They even provide follow-up and nutrition counseling.
The weight loss happened faster than I expected. Food was and is no longer the 'main event' of the day-only
a necessity now. I credit Barix Clinics with my success. The time since my weight loss surgery has been a learning
and growing process-a journey to accepting my new self and truly healing. It shouldn't have taken weight loss to feel
that I am worthy, but it did. It has been hard to change my opinion of myself, but I am getting there. I like
myself for the first time that I can remember-that's something that everyone should experience.
How My Life Has Changed
All that extra weight was like carrying the weight of another person on my back. I went from a size 24 to a
size 6-8. My life has changed in so many wonderful ways. I have more energy and desire to go out and
do various activities. My self-image and sense of self-worth have soared and I feel deserving of
a meaningful relationship now. I have so much more confidence in social situations and am likely to strike up a
conversation-something that wouldn't have happened at 275 pounds. Being in better physical shape and a better frame
of mind makes me a better mom.
What Would You
To Share With Others
Everyone asks me the 'true test' question:
Would you do it again, knowing what you do now? And my answer is, "I'd do it again today!" Don't wait
any longer to get your life back!