Lindsey S. - My Story

Gastric Bypass  | 2005

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

My life growing up was painful because of my weight. Throughout school I was ridiculed. I was finding it very hard to fit in, so I made my place as the funny girl. I had never had a boyfriend and was always the third wheel when going out with friends.

I avoided all school functions and activities, even taking gym class during summer to avoid humiliation. After breaking two lawn chairs during a social event, I became disabled by anxiety. I managed to venture out of my comfort zone to attend college in Florida. I was always second best to my slender roommates and never once wore a swimsuit – only jeans and a tee shirt – even on trips to the beach. Countless times I would try to go out for a night on the town, and would be faced with guys literally laughing because of my appearance. After returning home from Florida, I was completely depressed and confined to my home.

Making the Decision

I knew if I didn’t have surgery I would lose myself to depression. My mother, who understood my pain because she too was the fat girl growing up, encouraged me to have this life-changing procedure. I was twenty years old when I had the surgery.

My Barix Clinics Experience

My first impression of Barix Clinics was so reassuring when I realized that the chairs were just my size. I always avoided standard-sized chairs because I could never fit in them. My consultation was amazing. It was informative and motivating. The staff was so considerate and they never made me feel discriminated against. I wanted to go there every day. I was comfortable at a medical office for the first time in my life.

The nurses and staff made me feel right at home, asking me if I needed anything and preparing me with tons of information. My surgeon was the best. He was funny, and I could tell that he truly cared about me. He always extended his hand to help me sit up and stand after surgery.

How My Life Has Changed

I have a life! I am now a person again. I went from a size 25 to a size 10 and I can shop in any store I please. I have had two children in the last five years and have still met my expected weight loss goal. I am comfortable in public and can be active without humiliation. I am extremely humbled by my past experiences and have true empathy for others who experience the same situations I did.

To Those Considering Bariatric Surgery

I would encourage people to be open-minded about surgery. You are not a failure if you can’t lose weight on your own. The work after surgery is hard. And it’s important to be dedicated to all post-op directions to achieve your weight loss goal. Don’t give up, and make the best decision for you.


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