“There is nothing
I can't do now”
Date: September 2009
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
What was life like before your
Life before surgery was full of hopelessness. I couldn't keep up with my twin girls and I couldn't
do the things I wanted to, such as ride my horse. I was attending a university for Equestrian Studies and
I couldn't practice what I was learning. I wanted to make a career of working with horses, but with my weight out of control
that was impossible. I was depressed and miserable and the people around me felt it.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
I had begun some research into surgery, the different types and results, and I came across a support group in my city, Cambridge.
I went to a meeting and discovered almost 50 people who were going through or had gone through surgery. I was thrilled.
Many had gone to Barix and had nothing but positive things to say. I immediately called for a consultation and went to my doctor
was your experience with Barix?
Barix has been spectacular! From the initial meeting where I met Dr. Poplawski to my surgery and follow up care, the professionalism has been
exemplary. Every nurse and staff member was kind and knowledgeable...they made me feel cared for every step of this journey.
The facility itself is so geared to making bigger people feel comfortable
that you can't help feeling welcome. Something as simple as a chair that you fit into or a gown that covers you completely means so much.
How is your life after surgery?
I've never felt in
better health! There is nothing I can't do now and I live that attitude every day. I'm
active and exercise daily...you just can't keep me still. I eat what my family does; we choose healthy food
with ease now and are experimenting with different nutritious foods. Life is happy and I've never once regretted
the choice of surgery.
What would you tell someone considering Barix?
I suggest to everyone to research
every surgery and choose the one that fits you best. Go into this with a positive attitude and really be
prepared to change your life. This is a tool, nothing more, but if you use
this tool wisely...it will give you your life back! Follow the guidelines from
your surgeon, trust in him, and finally...seek support from those around you. My support group keeps me sane and on track and they aren't afraid to kick my butt if I go off the rails! I love my surgery and so will you!