“I want to say that if I can do it, you can”
Date: March 2011
What was life like before your
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
How is your life after surgery?
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,
What would you tell someone considering
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