“I have come so far since having
Date: February 2008
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
What was life like before your
Before surgery I was a stay-at-home mom.
I was shy and depressed and I kept to myself. I had low self-esteem. I didn't
think I would ever work because I was so tired and I hurt everywhere, not to mention not wanting people to see me like this. I quit hanging out with
friends because I was embarrassed about how I looked.
I wanted to go on vacations, but knew I wouldn't be able
to do all the walking or go on the rides, so why go? I hadn’t worked in 4 years due to low self-esteem
and no confidence. I didn’t want the world to see me so overweight. I wasn't the same person. I lost
How was your experience with Barix?
I had thought about other facilities but I am so glad I chose Barix.
I did my homework and found out that at the hospital they do only big cuts, and had a lot more infections and complications.
Everyone I know who went to the other place I thought about going had nothing but problems.
is your life after surgery?
the surgery I found myself--the happy, fun, friendly, energetic person I lost so many years ago. I like going
to the gym, the show, for walks with my friends. Surgery has changed
my entire life.
In less than a year I had lost 151 pounds. I
never thought that was possible. I thought I would be overweight my entire life and die at a young age
due to the weight. I have two active boys, and now I'm able to play with them and enjoy everyday life. I'm
able to run and play on the swings at the park. I want to set a good example for my boys and show them
a healthy lifestyle.
I love to shop now that I can find clothes that fit.
For years I hated to go looking for clothes because they either never fit or they were ugly old-fashioned styles. I'm now
able to buy clothes at a regular store, and they don't fall off the hanger.
Now I am able to go anywhere, and since my surgery we have done a lot of traveling. Amusement parks are so
much more fun for me now that I'm able to breathe easily and walk without pain. I fit into all the rides so I'm able to go on and enjoy
them with the kids. It's a lot different than before. Having the chance to fly and to be able to fit into my seat, when I
couldn’t before, was amazing.
I went back to school and got a new job in a field that I love and always wanted but was too scared and unhealthy to bother trying.
has changed everything in my life, all for the better. And I wish I would have made
the decision years before. I wasn't living before. I have come so far since having
surgery. It's the best decision I have ever made.
I have so much more energy and confidence, and I feel better. I'm healthier. I am able to have fun and be happy. I don't
ever want to go back to the way things were. I'm able to keep up with my kids. I still get tired from chasing a 3 and 5 yr
old, but who wouldn't? The point is, I'm able to chase them.