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Felicia D.
I want to say that if I can do it, you can



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Surgery Date: March 2011
Surgery: Gastric Bypass

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What was life like before your surgery?

 

I have been a big girl (woman) most of my life. I remember being 12 years old and wearing women’s-sized clothing. Growing up I always looked at girls who were smaller than me, and wishing I had a body like theirs. I was very active as a kid and teenager but by the time I was 20 years old I was in size 20 clothing. I found out I was what they call a stress eater: the more stress, the more I ate.

I was married at the age of 23 and my husband loved
me the way I was, until he didn’t. I started hating the way I looked. At the age of 35 I was married again to a man who liked full-figured women, plus we went to high school together so I was comfortable with him. But by that time I had very high blood pressure and was told I had angina and was always having chest pains. I also had arthritis in my knees, shoulders, and hips, and I had degenerative disc disease along with 8 herniated discs. Failing health and depression set in.

In late February 2011, I went to see a new doctor, who within 20 minutes of knowing me and my background, suggested I look into weight-loss surgery. After I got home I called my mother-in-law and told her what my new doctor said, and she suggested I call Barix Clinics. I looked Barix up online and filled out an online info card and they scheduled me for one of their consultations.

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What led to your decision to have the surgery?

After doing a lot, and I do mean a lot, of research I attended the meeting with Dr. Taylor and found the information and his presentation very helpful. I felt confident in what he was saying, but I still wanted more information. After the meeting he met with each person privately, and by the time he was done I looked at my mother-in-law and said I was ready.

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How was your experience with Barix?

I found Barix Clinics very clean, the staff very friendly and helpful, and I felt that I was in a very safe and capable environment. From the moment I got the call about my approval for surgery, my date for pre-testing, and my meeting with the nutritionist, I felt that the staff cared for me like I was one of their own family members. I remember the morning of surgery asking questions and having them all answered and the nurses making sure I was comfortable and at ease.

Waking up in my room after surgery, everyone was so nice and patient with
me and I felt as if I got the very best care including from that wonderful Dr. Taylor.


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How is your life after surgery?

After getting home and starting my recovery I really didn't have the urge to eat, but I knew I had to follow the Barix guidelines. By the time my two week check-up came I had lost 17 lbs. I couldn't believe it but that was what pushed me to strive to succeed with this journey. I started working out five weeks after surgery and I hadn't felt so alive in years. The weight just continued to come off with eating healthy and drinking plenty of water and exercise.

I was 337 lbs the day of my consultation. At my post-op visit with Dr. Taylor 16 ½ months later, I weighed 206 lbs. I had more energy than ever, and more confidence, joy and drive to live my life, and I can't stop looking in the mirror, lol.

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What would you tell someone considering Barix?

I want to say that if I can do it, you can; and I will say that if you want it as bad as I did, go for it.  You really have to want it. Weight-loss surgery is not a magic pill, it's a tool, and you have to be ready mentally as well as physically. I would just hope that if it's your choice, you strive to do the best you can to get where you want to be

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