"My kids have their mom back."
Surgery Date: February 2000
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
My Life Before Bariatric Surgery
was tired all the time and never had any energy. I came home from work and sat down. I didn't want to do anything
the rest of the day. My children really suffered through my overweight years. I never had enough energy to play
with them. Instead, we watched T.V. because that took the least energy. I rarely went to their school functions.
While I was heavy, I had NO relationships and that is the way that I wanted it. I didn't like myself
at that point so I knew that no one else would like me either. I hated my body. I was very depressed and cried
all the time. I felt that my life was doomed. My only companion--the only thing that made me feel good--was eating.
Physically, my back hurt and I had constant heartburn. Trips to the zoo left me
looking for the nearest bench. I never made it all the way through--I just couldn't walk that far. And the turnstiles
evoked a high level of anxiety--I mean how was I going to get through--sideways, on my tip toes?
Looking back now, I realize that other people didn't take me seriously or respect me.
Making the Decision
I saw an ad
for Barix Clinics on the television. That impacted me. I didn't want to get an extender for the seatbelt in my
new car. I was tired of this life. Although I was really ready for the surgery, it was still scary because
I knew that the surgery would be life changing and once I went through it things would never be the same.
At the initial consultation no one rushed me. They spent a lot of
time to answer my questions and to make sure that this surgery was right for me. After the consultation, I wanted the
surgery more than ever.
was approved very quickly. There were no problems at all.
Making Success Happen
I am VERY
active now. I love to play tennis and ride bike. I usually wear my children out now. Just when I get warmed
up, they are too tired. I am always on the go--can't catch me! My kids love the new mom.
out that food in NOT my best friend. I do not need to eat food to make me feel good. And things that I thought
that I needed, like sugar, I no longer need.
How My Life Has Changed
I am very confident in myself now--nothing holds me back. I hold
my head high. I feel great and now when I look in the mirror, I like what I see.
My kids are thrilled to put their arms around me and find that they can touch their fingers. My relationships have improved.
I have a new job. Now when people look at me they are smiling at me, not
I no longer feel the need to stay indoors with the air-conditioning on a hot day--I am out there
This is something that I won't ever regret. It has changed my life.
I am a totally different person--one that looks at life in a positive light.
Barix had everything that
I needed. The staff was fantastic. They knew me by name when I came in for an appointment. I always
felt very informed.