Where do I begin? Well let’s start with where “my” journey ended, with me weighing in at 260 pounds. My knees hurt when I walked, and I got really good with hiding my real feelings behind a smile. I was miserable, and yet every exercise I tried seemed to end in total failure and me turning to food. Each diet I tried ended in disappointment and more pounds packed on. Next thing I knew I was 260 pounds with diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. I felt like I was on a one way ticket to an early exit from this world.
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.
Holly Winslow, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
Randy Thomas, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
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.
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!
Athena knew her life was not was it was meant to be. “I was severely hindered,” she explains. “I thought I was destined to always be obese.” Dieting, she says, never worked due to a condition called hypothyroidism, leading to a hormone deficiency. Fatigue and weight gain plague many people with this condition. For Athena, trying to lose weight was like swimming upstream. Her efforts produced minimal results. Not only was it frustrating, it was compounding other problems with her health.
As soon as I found out that I was a candidate for the program at The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center, I got excited at the possibilities of what lay ahead of me and the changes that I thought were pretty much out of reach anymore. I hadn’t given up, but it had gotten pretty frustrating and the toll the extra weight was taking on my joints and back was mounting fast.
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.