“I am now a person again”
Date: December 2005
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
What was life like before your
My life growing up was painful because of my weight. Throughout
school I was ridiculed. I was finding it very hard to fit in, so I made my place as the funny girl. I
had never had a boyfriend and was always the third wheel when going out with friends. I avoided all school functions and activities, even taking gym class during summer to avoid humiliation.
After breaking two lawn chairs during a social event, I became disabled by anxiety. I managed to venture out of my comfort zone to attend college in Florida. I was always second best to my slender roommates
and never once wore a swimsuit – only jeans and a tee shirt – even on trips to the beach. Countless times I would try to
go out for a night on the town, and would be faced with guys literally laughing because of my appearance. After returning
home from Florida, I was completely depressed and confined to my home.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
knew if I didn’t have surgery I would lose myself to depression. My mother, who understood my pain
because she too was the fat girl growing up, encouraged me to have this life-changing procedure. I
was twenty years old when I had the surgery.
How was your experience with Barix?
My first impression of Barix Clinics was so reassuring when I realized that the chairs were just
my size. I always avoided standard-sized chairs because I could never fit in them. My
consultation was amazing. It was informative and motivating. The staff was so considerate and they never
feel discriminated against. I wanted to go there every day. I was comfortable at
a medical office for the first time in my life.
The nurses and
staff made me feel right at home, asking me if I needed anything and preparing me with tons of information. My surgeon was the best. He was funny, and I could tell that he truly cared about me. He always extended his hand to help me sit up and stand after surgery.
How is your life after surgery?
I have a life! I am now a person again. I went from a size
25 to a size 10 and I can shop in any store I please. I have had two children in the last five years
and have still met my expected weight loss goal. I am comfortable in public and can be active
without humiliation. I am extremely humbled by my past experiences and have true empathy for others who experience
situations I did.
What would you tell someone considering
would encourage people to be open-minded about surgery. You are not a failure if
you can’t lose weight on your own. The work after surgery is hard. And it’s important to
be dedicated to all post-op directions to achieve your weight loss goal. Don’t
give up, and make the best decision for you.