“I can do so much
Date: July 2009
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
What was life like before your
My life was HARD--I am a paramedic and began having difficulty caring for the patients I was called to help, because of limitations due to my weight.
I couldn't crawl inside cars when someone had been in an accident. I became short of breath with exertion. My back hurt constantly. I was tired all of
the time. I was really unhappy with myself.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
I had been telling myself for about 5 years that I would do it if I had not reached my goal weight
by the time I turned 40. After I turned 42, I truly believe that God gave me the extra nudge that I needed to do it.
was your experience with Barix?
It has been wonderful. Before I had the surgery,
I did a lot of research. Dr. Schram had some of the best statistics out there, and he made me feel at ease. Right before we went into the operating
room, he asked if he could pray with me. Any jitters I had were gone. The staff at the hospital,
and afterward at the office in Holland,
has always been encouraging, kind, willing to answer
questions and to give helpful tips and advice. Dr. Schram has told me more than once
how proud he is of me and my success. I am so grateful to everyone.
How is your life after surgery?
I can do so much more now--I walk 3 miles a day, and just finished my first
5k. I even came in 6th out of 12 for my age group! I swim. I shop in the "normal people" section of the
clothing store--I'm a size 12 and I've never been a size 12 in my adult life. I was a 26 before the surgery and embarrassed to wear short sleeves. And I didn't
even think about going out in a bathing suit. Men show an interest in me that they didn't show before. I see
them turn their heads, and when I look behind me to see who they are looking at, I realize it's me! I went to my class reunion and everyone
was blown away! I can do more with my family. My overall quality of life has improved tremendously.
What would you tell someone considering Barix?
DO IT!! If
I had known how it was going to change my life, I would have done it in my 20s. I know it may be frightening
at first, but I've looked into the eyes of overweight people my age having a heart attack, and it doesn't even compare. The
pain was minimal, and by the time I went home I was just getting by with Tylenol. DON'T WAIT!!