"My life is better with each passing year!"
Surgery Date: July 2000
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
My Life Before Bariatric Surgery
My medications used to arrive in huge boxes delivered by UPS. Now
they arrive in an envelope and they are mostly vitamins. I was an insulin dependent diabetic. My blood pressure
was sky high. I suffered from depression and anxiety attacks. My agoraphobia was so severe that I wouldn't leave
the house at all--not even to get the mail. I was 53 and felt my life slipping away.
I had always
been thin until the birth of my second child. Then my weight ballooned to 311--almost overnight (or so it seemed).
Physical and emotional problems quickly followed my rapid weight gain. My children really missed out on so much.
Making the Decision
A close friend of mine had gastric bypass surgery and I watched her success. Although I was thrilled for her,
I was still afraid of having surgery. I was intriged enough though to attend a support group and that is what finally
helped me to make my decision. Surrounded by so many people whom had found new lives--I scheduled a consultation.
The consultation was very informative and all of my questions were answered in a respectful and caring way. I felt assured
that this was the place to have my surgery.
After that, things went very quickly. The consultation was in May, the insurance approved
the surgery in June and I had surgery in July.
Making Success Happen
I eat so much healthier. I never really thought that I was eating "bad"--oh boy what a change.
I now realize how little I need to eat to be healthy. Once I made the committment to this new way of eating, I found
it to be oh so easy.
I have been active in my local support group since before my surgery. Support
groups help you to be accountable--both to yourself and to the other support group members.
How My Life Has Changed
have lost almost 160 pounds and have gone from a size 30/32 to a size 8/10. I am no longer diabetic and my blood
pressure is normal. I am off all of the medications that I took for both of these. I no longer suffer from panic
attacks or agoraphobia. It has been 9 years since my surgery and life just keeps getting better and grander with each
passing year. I am now 62 years old and this past summer, I spent three days at Kings Island and 3 days at Cedar Point
as a member of the Central Ohio Roller Coaster Club. I can do so many things that for years my life was closed to.
I have my life back again and I feel like I did at age 30. I now work for with a national dog rescue organization,
run a radio station with dj's from all over the world and am a support group leader for Barix Clinics. All in all, my
life at age 62 is better than it has been in 30 years.
I was so at peace on the day of surgery. I knew deep down that this was going to
give me back my life.
The care that I received at the hospital and for
all of my follow ups was top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend Barix Clinics to anyone.