“I’m so glad I did this!”
Date: November 2009
What was life like before your
weight battle began in middle school. Being tall, I was always bigger than most, but I started noticing my weight was becoming
a factor. The same story continued year after year. I would always maintain, or even lose a little weight in the spring and
months. However, the pounds would pile on in the winter. This process continued for nearly 30 years until I had reached the
age of 38 and was 425 pounds.
In my early adult life,
I always found myself active, going out, socializing, and staying on the go. As my weight continued to increase,
my activity decreased. I began to isolate myself. The TV became my best friend. Soon I found myself not wanting
to do anything but be alone. Clothes were an after-thought; nothing fit me unless it said 5 or 6XL. Hunting, fishing,
and any activities I used to love became only memories.
Medical problems began to plague my life. I
was diagnosed with depression; my zest for life was gone. I was now sleeping with a breathing machine
as I had developed sleep apnea. My blood pressure was high. My knees and joints ached constantly. I was 38 years old and in
horrible health. I could barely fit into my vehicle any more. My weight was ruining my marriage. I had
completely shut myself off from my wife and family and I just wanted it to be over. Any attempts to lose
weight on my own were futile. I’d lose 2lbs, only to gain 4lbs back. I couldn’t do it alone.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
I finally realized I was killing myself and it needed to stop. I was only 3 years younger than my father when he had passed 17 years earlier.
I truly believed this was my last option for getting my life back. In January of 2008 I visited several informational seminars
from various hospitals. I visited Dr. Schram at the Barix clinic in Michigan. This was the last one I visited;
I had found my doctor and facility to have my surgery. The decision was easy.
How was your experience with Barix?
In the informational group meeting, Dr. Schram
took the time to be very informative and answer all the questions that we had. There was no stone left unturned. After the
individually. We discussed which surgery was best for me and what my goals were. Communication with the benefits and scheduling
were open and ongoing until my schedule could be cleared for my surgery. The staff
at Barix took all the pressure off me with my insurance. They sent
about the surgery process and any specific things that needed to be followed or done. The day of surgery came and I was nervous. However, everyone
on staff put me at ease. Their dispositions and smiles made me comfortable, and when Dr. Schram came in and prayed with me right before
the surgery, I knew I was going to be OK! I spent two days at Barix before I was able to go home. The staff took great care of me, and allowed my
visitors lots of access to me. The staff was tremendous.
How is your life after surgery?
two weeks short of my one-year weight loss surgery anniversary, I have lost a total of 207 pounds and currently weigh 218.
Without a doubt, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made! My energy level is back, I’m constantly on the go and I’m that social person I
spoke of earlier. The biggest thing I’ve learned is how and what to eat. The surgery is a tool, NOT a cure, and I continue
to tell myself this. It is my job to stay focused. So far, so good! I’m seeing
friends I haven’t seen in a while and they don’t recognize me. It’s a riot!
I’m so glad I did this.
What would you tell someone considering
Don't hesitate, do it now. Rediscover your world and
explore a whole new one. If you follow the Barix Program, your weight loss will be
a success. I guarantee it!