Tabetha A. - My Story

Gastric Bypass  |  2007

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

Before surgery, life was passing me by.  I didn't have the energy, motivation, or confidence to participate.  I sat in the house all day, just leaving to go to work and run errands.

I was stuck in a job that I used just to pay the bills.  I didn't have the confidence to pursue advancements in my career.  I didn't want to be noticed.

Somehow, I managed to find a great guy who loved me for who I was and could be.  When we were married, I wanted a no-frills wedding.  I didn't want to have to do the "first dance" in front of everyone.  I didn't want to be the center of attention. 

I let so much of life pass me by just so that I wouldn't have to stand out in it.

Making the Decision

What finally drew me to make the decision to have weight loss surgery was the fact that I was tired--tired of not being part of life, tired of being out of breath and out of shape, tired of trying to start a family with no success.  It was then that I booked the consultation with Barix Clinics. And that changed my life forever. 

My Barix Clinics Experience

From my very first contact with Barix, I was greeted with a welcoming tone. It came from the patient representative calling to discuss a consultation appointment.  Little did I know that this set the tone for the whole process. Everyone at Barix was friendly and kind--from reception, to the nurses, to the surgeons.  The Nutritionist and nutrition class were very informative and educational.  And follow-up care is the best!

Every nurse, office person, surgeon, and doctor I came across during my time at Barix provided exceptional care and service.  As a patient, I was always treated as if I was their number one priority.  I cannot say enough good things about Barix Clinics.

How My Life Has Changed

My life after surgery has been anything but boring!  Before the first anniversary of my surgery I had already completed a 75km cycling fundraiser.  I'm much more energetic and willing to go out and explore new things. 

I had the best surprise of my life since my surgery. Approximately 18 months post-surgery, and after 10 years of trying, my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child. Our son Alex will be celebrating his first birthday in September... a little over 3 years after my weight loss surgery! 

I love that I am able to keep up with my son.  He is full of energy and keeps me on my toes all day long.  Without surgery, who knows if I would have ever been able to have a child, let alone keep up with one!

To Those Considering Bariatric Surgery

Life is full of risks.  I’m glad I didn’t just watch myself die slowly because I was too afraid to take the chance.

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