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After losing around 120 pounds I have a different outlook on life. I am able to breathe better. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I am now able to do things that I couldn’t before or was severely limited to do. Having the gastric sleeve was the best decision I ever made.~ Anthony Hockensmith...

Chris Brierly lost over 60lbs in 6 months post op.  Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes....

Hopeless, that is how I felt at the beginning of 2015.  I was starting another year reflecting on the weight I hadn’t lost in the previous year and thinking about the weight I wanted to lose that year.  My weight has been a problem for me since I was 5; I was always the “you have such a pretty face you just need to lose the weight” girl.  In March 2015 something changed and I knew if I didn’t change I wouldn’t be there for my family.  So I did my research on different bariatric centers in the area and I read so many great things about Georgetown Community Hospital Bariatric Program.  I went to an information session and something in my heart told me this was not only the right decision for me but it was also the right place.  The people at Georgetown were always kind, prompt and put the patient’s first.  I remember the day I got the call that I had been approved; I cried tears of joy because I could see a long happy and healthy life ahead of me.  I chose to have my surgery on birthday in 2015; I thought there isn’t a...

September 1, 2015 was the day I got a second chance to live my life. Before that day I thought I was living life but I slowly realized I was just surviving. I had decided I was going to have the gastric sleeve done at Georgetown Community Hospital with Dr. Smith. I always wanted to be an adventurous person but at over 350 pounds the scale determines what you can do. Its funny how the simple things in life that the average size person takes for granted. Like being treated like a normal person instead of a fat person. I didn’t want to recognize that people treated me differently but the more weight I lost the nicer people became. I’ve lost 145 pounds in my first year and for the first time in my life the number on the scale isn’t stopping me from doing anything I want to. As a child I remember going to Dollywood and being so embarrassed because I waited in line for a ride to only realize I didn’t fit. Because of the new life Dr. Smith and this surgery has given me I was able to go back to that very ride and not...

In July 2016, I took my kids to the county fair.  My daughter wanted to ride the bumper cars, but as I looked at them, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t fit.  I told her mommy couldn’t do that, but that my friend would ride with her.  It broke my heart as I stood there and watched someone else do something fun like this with my 3 year old, but I remembered back a couple of years prior to when I was asked to get off of a ride at King’s Island because I was too fat.  It was horribly embarrassing and I hadn’t been on a ride since.  Right there, in that moment, I told myself something had to change.  I wasn’t going to let my kids grow up with memories of someone else doing stuff with them because mom wasn’t healthy enough.  At this point, I was 315 lbs. I had always thought VSG was the easy way out, but after playing the diet game for years only to gain all of it and more back, I knew I had to have help.  My sister had VSG a few years ago and was successful and a couple of my...

My whole life I have been considered severely obese. When I say my whole life, I am not speaking of just my adult life, but my childhood as well. Growing up I can remember having multiple blood test to see how I could gain weight so easily. I can remember going to Nutri System in fifth grade and losing weight only to gain it back, plus more, within the same year. My whole life has been a continuous rollercoaster of losing some weight, only to gain it all back, plus more. At the age of forty years old, I made a decision that I wanted to LIVE. I don’t mean I was going to die right away from my weight, but my quality of life was like a ninety-year-old woman. I want to truly live the life I was meant to live! I am a nurse who was injured while caring for a patient when I was 38 years old. At the time the injury occurred, I was 278lbs and within that year, my weight reached 311lbs. Due to my back injury I lived in daily pain and was very inactive. I was constantly tired, hurting and depressed. Then I had...

My weight was spiraling out of control. I knew I had to make a change in my life. I had already lost my grandfather to a massive heart attack and then my Daddy suffered a heart attack 2 weeks later. It was all so devastating. I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. Not to mention I was miserable and tired out so easy. I hated what I saw in the mirror. I ended up in the ER a few times because my bp got severely high resulting in near stroke. I wanted to give up especially after being told I had a brain tumor pressing on my left optic nerve. I was given a month of steroids and they destroyed my body; making me gain so much weight on top of what I already weighed. I knew I had to lose weight. It was now my mission to do something. I was NOT giving up! Fast forward 15 months post-op I have no regrets. I play basketball with my son everyday. I can move faster. I can run faster. I have so much energy as if I were in my 20’s again. I can workout and still be able to...

I just want to tell my story to let everyone know how great this program is……My highest weight was 348 lbs. at the age of 25 years old.  Looking back on photos as a child, I was always that chubby kid in all the family pics.  Although I had tons of friends that was always telling me how beautiful I was and we had lots of fun growing up, there was always that obstacle….my weight!  Growing up, I could never fit in rides at the fair or do a lot of physical activities that my friends did.  But, I still kept pushing on hoping for a miracle.  I just kept chugging on…always looking for that bigger chair at the movies or in college, the table.  Having to take a nurse with me on my senior trip to monitor my blood pressure was an awful feeling. I tried diet pills and Diet after diet…failed!  My life was just passing me by getting unhealthy by the minute.  Slowly becoming sicker and getting diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, female issues, bowel issues, exploratory surgery and only 24 years old.  I eventually kept isolating myself because I was just so embarrassed to...

In April 2014 I finally made the decision to attend a Bariatrics seminar. My initial Doctor and I were not a good fit so I decided to transfer my paperwork to Georgetown Bariatrics shortly after I started the process. I am so glad that I made that decision. Dr Smith and his staff have been wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for any better care at Georgetown Hospital. At my highest weight of 357 pounds I was finding it very difficult to do daily tasks. I would drive around in circles for 30 minutes at any department or grocery store so I could find a close parking spot because if I had to walk very far from the car then by the time I was finished shopping I was so winded I had to rest several times. I finally got to the point where I had to take one of my children with me to do any sort of shopping. Taking a shower was a dreaded chore and I had to sit on the side of the tub many times and rest before I could dry off, after I dried off then I had to sit on the bed and rest...