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Tracy H.
“I have a second chance at the life I want to live.”



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Surgery Date: February 2010
Surgery: Gastric Bypass

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What was life like before your surgery?

When I married my husband, I weighed 125 pounds. I was always on the go. We have two wonderful children, Jessica and Mike. After the kids were born, I got lazy. I let myself go. I stopped doing things like bow hunting, exercise classes, and activities with my husband. I was always tired and spent a lot of time just sitting around. I didn't want to get off the couch. I could not go on fair rides with my kids because the seat belts would not fit, or the bar would not clear my stomach. It was a pain to fly because the seat belts would hardly fit around me. I was so unhappy and had no self-esteem.

Then one day I realized I was 38 years old and weighed 280 pounds.
I tried weight loss pills...failed. I tried pre-packaged food plans....failed (plus, I couldn't take the taste anymore). My cholesterol was so high that I was on medication. I was close to being pre-diabetic. I felt like life was passing me by. I had to do something.  I recall looking in the mirror and saying, "What am I going to do?”

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What led to your decision to have the surgery?

My mom had had weight loss surgery at the Barix Clinic so we talked a lot about it. She suggested I go talk to Dr. Poplawski about the surgery. Then I spoke to my husband and children to see how they felt about it. My family was very supportive. Barix surgery was the best decision I ever made. I could have gone to a hospital closer to home, but I chose the Barix Clinic because I already knew the level of care I would receive with their supportive staff, and I had 100% faith in what they do. I knew this was the place for me.
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How was your experience with Barix?


It was and is wonderful! It's like having another family. Everyone is so nice, friendly and supportive. My doctor, Dr. Poplawski, cares a great deal for his patients. He is a very busy man, yet he always finds the time to make sure I’m doing okay.

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How is your life after surgery?

Since my surgery I have a whole new outlook on life. I have a second chance at the life I want to live. I feel great and full of energy.  I ride my bike 3 - 4 times a week around Lake Cadillac (7 miles). I go on walks with my husband and I can keep up with him without getting out of breath. I can finally do things with my kids that I use to shy away from. Like now I can actually go to the fair and fit in the rides. I sit on an airplane and don't have to struggle to get the seatbelt around me. My cholesterol is normal and I'm off my medication. I can't recall any time in the last 6-7 months that I actually napped like I used to. There is no time to nap when you are spending time with your family. I like to hear people tell me how proud they are of me and I feel good when people tell me how good I look.


I am 6 months out and I have lost 103 pounds. I am eating better and staying away from SUGAR! My husband is also happy with my progress. Sometimes he doesn't recognize me when we get separated in the store. It's so funny.

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What would you tell someone considering Barix?


Get it done. What do you have to lose except the weight? This clinic is a huge support system. You will feel like a different person! If you are thinking about weight loss surgery, do it.  It will be the best decision. It was for me.

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