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Stephanie W.
 "I feel like a new me!"


Surgery Date:  September 2002
Surgery:  Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass


My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

Before surgery, I did not like to go anywhere.  I was embarrased of my appearance.  If we went out to eat, we went though the drive-thru.  I hated to go clothes shopping.  I missed so many of my son's sporting events-I didn't want to embarrass him.  I didn't want to face people because of the looks that you get when you're heavy.  People look at you differently.  I just stayed home. 

I am a cosmotologist and I love what I do, but it was so hard to stand on my feet all day.  I was a borderline diabetic with varicose veins, bone spurs on both feet and back pain.  By the end of the day, I hurt all over. 


Making the Decision

I heard about Barix on late night TV.  I called the 1-800 number to get the information and that's how I got the ball rolling.  My insurance denied me the first time.  My doctor wrote a letter that Barix submitted to my insurance and they approved the surgery. 


I was reassured because this is the only surgery that Barix does-they really know what they are doing.  I was tired of staying at home and watching life pass me by.  I had tried pills, Weight Watchers, Weigh to Win, Atkins, Margaret's Proven Diet Plan, and liquid diets.  They all worked-but I gained all of the weight back and then some more.  I was ready to change my life and that made the decision easier


Making Success Happen

I followed all of the "rules" and the weight came off very quickly.  I am very careful about what I put in my body now.  I eat very healthy.  I went into this with the right frame of mind. 

The bone spurs are gone!  The varicose veins are much better than they were before.  I don't have back pain and my blood sugar levels have returned to normal.  I take NO medication.  My health problems all disappeared with the weight.  I am very healthy! 


How My Life Has Changed

I can get through more appointments in a day.  My energy level is so different.  I have come out of my shell and am full of confidence.  Because of my self-confidence, my clients are more confident in my abilities. 

I love to get up in the morning.  It's fun to look in your closet and find something to wear.  I take a second look when I walk by a mirror and think "Ah, thank you," rather than hanging my head down.  I enjoy going to my son's sporting events.  He's proud of me.  I can keep up with both of my children.  I have a new life.  I am always going out.  My energy and confidence is greater than I could have ever expected.

It's been over six years since my surgery and I still follow the Barix program to a "t".  My weight has remained a stable 150 pounds.  I love to refer people to Barix.  I leave a "before" photo up at work and when people find out that was me, it opens the door to tell them about Barix. 


What Would You Like To Share With Others

Barix is a great place to have your surgery because they really know what they are doing.  You won't lose all the weight just to regain it all and more a year later.  So many medical problems just go away. 

I don't have any regrets.  My life is whole.  I feel so confident in myself and my appearance. 



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