Shirley P. - My Story

Gastric Bypass  |  2008

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

I had been heavy my entire life.  Because of my size, I was picked on in school and later at work--people can be very cruel and judgemental.   Before I had surgery I was tired all of the time.  I was so tired of being tired.  I just had no energy.

After work, I did not do much of anything.  I spent a lot of time on the couch watching T.V.  The house was a mess with the dishes and laundry both piled up.  I had knee pain, but no other obesity related diseases yet. 

My husband and I were trying to have a baby, but were not having success.  We started the adoption process and in November of 2007 we had a beautiful 11 month old baby come into our lives.  It is amazing how much of an impact a little person can have on your world.  I suddenly wanted to make sure that I was going to be able to run and play with her--to be there years in the future to see her wedding day and the children that she would bring into the world. 

I had tried everything to lose weight--Weight Watchers, Atkins, using the Canadian Food Guide, and working with dietitians.  Some of it worked.  I did lose 50 pounds, 30 pounds, or 17 pounds at a time--but would shortly regain all of the lost weight and then some.  I went online and started researching my options.  That is where I found Barix Clinics.

Making the Decision

I sent away for information and received a brochure in the mail.  I scheduled a consultation right away.  The trip down to the hospital was ten hours, but well worth it.  I left with a good understanding of the surgery, lots of information and a pre-surgery healthful habits handout.  I completed all of the required testing and got started on the pre-surgery diet right away.  I actually lost 43 pounds between my consultation and surgery.  I knew that I was off to a good start.

My Barix Clinics Experience

I cannot say enough about the care I received while at Barix in Ypsilanti.  Everyone was kind and helpful from my first step into the building until I went home and after.  I was so impressed when my nurse called me at home after my surgery to see how I was doing.  I had surgery on a Monday and went home on Wednesday.  I was back to work three weeks later.

How My Life Has Changed

I have been horseback riding.  I went to an 8-week boot camp.  The most rewarding physical activity that weight loss made possible was The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 60k walk which raised 2.1 million dollars. 

I can now do things that make me the person I have always wanted to be.  Someone who does not quit, but sets goals and keeps them. 

I have been busy shopping for new clothes, trying to decide what I want to do next and playing with my daughter--I feel like a kid in a candy store.  I was just accepted into paramedic school---my life has come full circle and now I can do my part to help others. 

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