I have lost 128 lbs and feel fantastic! I don't use my CPAP anymore. I only take vitamins. I run/walk 5K races with an amazing group of friends. I can touch the ground easily. I feel like a new person. Sometimes I feel obsessed with numbers: weight lost, what I weigh, how far I can run, the size of my clothes, and the greatest is the years that have been added to my life. I am a teacher and meet students all the time who don't recognize me. That takes me by surprise every time. I have an amazing support system - my family, my friends and my church.
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.
Janet Perkins, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
Kyle Hargrove, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
It gave me a second chance, a chance to be who I really was. It's been a crazy ride since surgery, but I've loved every minute of it. The transformation into an entirely different person is not something everyone gets to experience. I consider myself lucky.
Amy Garner, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
After doing research and reading the pros and cons, it boiled down to one thing. Life. Not an abundance of life, but a quality of life. I wanted to enjoy my kids and actually be there for them and not be in bed letting a connective tissue disease rule my life. I took the next step of having the gastric sleeve bypass. I chose Dr. Steve Katsis as my surgeon and would do it again and again.
Cathy Dodson, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
I'm so thankful for all the support and guidance of the Bailey Bariatric program and I know this was not 'the easy way out.' This journey has been tough, mentally and physically, but I would do it again a hundred times over to be where I am today - feeling and looking great and down 62 lbs!!
Anyone who has gone through the program at the Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center will tell you surgery is not “the easy way out.” Weight loss surgery does not change the way decisions are made. Post-op, you will still need to think about what you eat. In fact, in the first weeks and months, you’ll think about what and when you eat more than probably any other time in your life. However, to be successful after surgery you need to change the way you think about food to effectively change the way you make decisions about food. Psychologist Dr. Jenny Wood, Ph.
Our patients are accomplishing big goals and for many of them that means putting feet to the pavement and signing up for running events. We are proud to offer several events including the St. Patrick’s Day Run, Warrior Dash, Race for the Cure and Route 66 Marathon in 2014. Marathon? Yes, that’s right. Our first marathon relay team participated in the 2013 Route 66 Marathon and showed us that anything is possible.
The annual Bailey Bariatrics Graduation was held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Bailey Medical Center. Graduation is an opportunity for post-op patients to return, share their stories and connect with one another and the Bailey Bariatrics team. It was a great event, as always! Thank you to everyone who attended and worked to make this such a special day for so many!
“It actually started with my husband,” says Cynthia Slitzker of what initiated the journey through the Bailey Bariatrics program. “I started to put the brakes on, because I didn’t know much about it.”
In the spring of 2013, Joe Slitzker was only 29, but on seven different medications. He had made the decision to pursue bariatric surgery at Bailey Medical Center and told his wife, Cynthia. “This was the correct path for him,” she says.