"I'm smaller now then I was
Surgery Date: November 2007
Surgery: Roux-en-y Gastric
My Life Before Bariatric
I had always been overweight.
It ran in my family. I had tried countless diets, working out at the gym, hiring a personal trainer,
and I never seemed to make much progress. I had various knee surgeries due to my weight as well as hormonal
imbalances. Thanks to the polycystic ovarian syndrome I was told I'd probably never be able to get pregnant.
I was as active as I could
be, but it was definitely taking a toll on my joints. When I was diagnosed as having obstructive sleep
apnea, I knew it was time to do something more drastic and permanent.
Making the Decision
When I was diagnosed with
obstructive sleep apnea in May of 2007, I realized that I could suffocate myself in my sleep. I knew it was time to talk to
my doctor about gastric bypass surgery.
I found myself
on the website obesityhelp.com (or org I can't remember). When Barix came up, I remember hearing about them years before
when they had been called Bariatric Treatment Centers. When I clicked on the website, and found that the surgery was
the only thing that Barix performed, and that they have done 32,000 of them in 16 years, they quickly became a forerunner
for having my surgery there. When I met with a friend who'd had the same procedure done 9 years earlier at the facility,
I knew there was no other place for me to have mine. I wanted to have my surgery done by the experts in the field!
My Barix Experience
I dealt with was exceptional. Coming over from Canada, they helped me fill out the necessary forms. The staff was all very friendly,
and helpful. I felt more like I was at a spa than in a hospital.
I'll never forget as Dr. Poplawski was getting ready to
discharge me, he explained very bluntly that the choice was now still mine as to how successful I would be. He
told me that the one thing the surgeon hadn't been able to remove was my eating disorder; I'd have to battle that on my own.
How My Life Has Changed
surgery, I continued to count calories while making sure to get enough protein in my diet. I always read food labels
looking for the highest protein/calorie ratio. I also started walking for exercise just 3 days after my surgery. Now,
2 1/2 years later, I try to eat lean protein sources and make sure that I eat a protein source every 2 hours. I
avoid drinking anything that has calories in it, unless there is also a good protein count. If I am going out to eat with
friends and I know where ahead of time, I'll try to find the menu online so that I can be prepared when I get there.
I also find that I order off the kids menu more often than not. Yes, it's been hard work, but it's definitely paid off.
I’m smaller now than I was at 13!
My overall health drastically improved. In just 6 weeks I
was able to get rid of the CPAP machine because my sleep apnea was gone. I started to feel better. I had more energy.
I now have a much more active lifestyle, and my relationships have improved as well. My view of myself changed.
I felt like I’d been given a whole new lease on life. Now, if I get married and have children one day, I’ll
be able to run and play with them.
What I have learned
The surgery is not a magic pill. It's a tool that you can use to help
you with a lifestyle change. You
have to be willing to do the work, and make the changes. The power is still in your hands.
It was the best decision I ever made for my health, and for my family. I don't regret a minute of it. Barix
specializes in this procedure, and I would never recommend going anywhere else.