I came to the end of what I thought I could accomplish on my own. I had to do this or I was going to die. The rest is history; I’ve been given an opportunity that I am not going to blow. I feel like I’ve been in prison for 10 years, and I’m never going back. Post-op results are completely up to a person’s willingness to change old habits. I follow a strict diet regimented by Rene, my dietician. You have to be sick and tired of that which has held you down by poor lifestyle choices. Today my co-morbidities are gone. I enjoy helping others understand how their health will be different.
Having lost over 193 pounds, she can’t go back and change her past, but she can focus on her future.
Living life and loving it!
Looking forward to tomorrow.
Heila has regained her health, is off all of her medications, and is once again excited about life and all her tomorrows.
Randy Thomas, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
Lari Christie, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
My journey started off by being tired all the time, always pushing myself just to get to work. But by the time I got home, I couldn’t do anything but fall asleep. I got into a workout program and went strong for four months straight and only lost two pounds. That was the point I was looking into having the surgery. I took my kids to Worlds of Fun and almost got kicked off the ride because the harness wouldn’t latch. At that moment, I decided to have the surgery and didn't think twice about it. I had my surgery on December 17, 2013. Since then I have had so much energy.
Janet Bustos, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
I mentor to give back - helping pre-op patients get ready and letting them know every journey is different. I give them confidence in their decision. It is the best decision for their future. It keeps me focused on what I have to do still today to continue my own journey. I believe in this surgery and tell everyone about my surgery. I am off diabetes and blood pressure medicine. My life turned around. I'm so thankful I had the courage to do this!
Tracy Mason, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
I can honestly say if I had to do the surgery again I would. After spending over 20 years of my life overweight, I realize there was another whole person waiting to get out and experience life. I couldn't even bend over to tie my shoe without being uncomfortable. Dr. Varnell gave me my life back! The whole team at Bailey has been so helpful and kind. I'm blessed to have found this group of wonderful people who have been there to help me through this journey!
Lecia Gibson is not afraid to put herself out there. The healthcare professional in her 40s, wife and mother of two, shares her personal journey since bariatric surgery at The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center on her blog – Skinnymejourney.blogspot.com. “Originally the blog was a therapeutic thing for me,” she says.
Some of life’s greatest moments and accomplishments can’t be measured. The arrival of Cathy Dodson’s son, James Matthew Dodson (Mattie), is one of those moments. “I delivered my miracle baby on April 25, 2014,” she says. That day may not have been possible, Cathy says, if it weren’t for a decision she made in 2012. “I had been working on getting healthy for a couple of years, but I could not get the extra weight off,” Cathy explains. “On December 3, 2012 I had a sleeve gastrectomy performed by Dr. Brandon Varnell. My life has completely changed since then.”
“Life happened, I guess,” Randy Thomas, 41, says of trying to understand how a former high school athlete and U.S. soldier could get to this point. “I couldn’t overcome my obstacles.” Randy suffered a broken back in 2000. His leg and foot were left partially paralyzed. “I felt this was a huge failure. How do you let yourself get to 420 pounds? I didn’t know how to prevent it.”
The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center is not only a Center of Excellence, but also the leading Bariatric Center in Northeast Oklahoma. Bailey Bariatric surgeons, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, as well as a psychologist and plastic surgeon will host a free one-day seminar for pre-op and post-op patients. The seminar is designed to educate and motivate patients on their bariatric journey to become strong, healthy and nutritionally correct.