Patient Weight Loss Success Stories

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...