is so much richer than it was 18 months ago.”
Date: May 2009
What was life life before your surgery?
I was 46 years old, and could barely
get through the day. My husband had to take care
of the household responsibilities due to my extreme fatigue. I took over 20 pills
everyday due to all of the health issues. I was being treated for hypertension, Sarcoidosis,
arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines and gout. I was in constant pain with absolutely no energy.
I was extremely restricted in my activities due to my size and poor health.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
I knew that I was in no condition physically to lose
the weight without surgery. I also knew that if I didn't do something, there was a good chance I would end up in a wheelchair by the time I turned 50.
I attended the seminars at three hospitals in the area I live (Cincinnati). A friend of mine advised me to contact the Barix Clinic. She
had gastric bypass surgery there a few years prior. I was impressed with the facility, the staff and Dr.
Custer. It was my first choice even though I had to travel almost
100 miles from home. I was pleased to find out that it was in my network for insurance
coverage. The staff at Barix did the legwork to get my insurance approval. It was approved
in a two week period of time, and I scheduled my surgery.
How was your experience with Barix?
was wonderful. I thought it was great to have such individual attention. Dr. Custer was honest about what the surgery could offer me, and what I would need to commit
for it to be a success. The nurses were kind and compassionate.
How is your life after surgery?
followed Dr. Custer’s instructions to the letter. I concentrated on eating protein and getting at
least 64 ounces of water in every day. I began walking for exercise as soon as I was on my feet from the
surgery. It’s now been almost sixteen months, and I still have never eaten any processed sugar.
It has been an extremely rewarding experience as I watched the weight melt
have lots of energy. I am
able to take care of the things around the house that my husband had to do before.
I spend my days off shopping and running errands rather than resting at home. I
go to the YMCA and work out regularly. I go see friends in the evenings. My life is so much richer than it was 18 months ago.
What would you tell someone considering
Make the most of the first 6 to 9 months! That's when you will lose the most
significant amount of weight. Exercise regularly and follow the diet exactly as directed. You won't regret it!