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Jamie F. – My Story

Gastric Bypass  |  2004

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

My life before I had surgery was full of hurtful words and feelings. People, especially at school, did not want to be friends with me because I was heavy, and didn’t care how it made me feel. I used to come home from school in tears and my mom would hold me and tell me how beautiful I was, even if others didn’t think so. 

I couldn’t do certain things.  For example, when I tried snow skiing, the boots would not fit my calves. When walking up the stairs I would be out of breath by the time I got to the top. I had to buy my clothes in the big girl shops, which was very depressing. I tried all the diets and exercise programs out there. It was not a very fun time.

Making the Decision

I sat down with my mother on several occasions to discuss the surgery. I needed her to help me make the decision. I trusted her opinions, especially since she had worked at Barix Clinics for 11 years. We decided together that it would be a good idea, but before she would agree she had me do my research about the procedures that were available. I spoke with numerous acquaintances who worked with my mom and who had had the surgery and they all said, “I wish I would have done it when I was younger.” Altogether it probably took a little over a year to make the final decision to have the procedure. It was a hard decision and a scary one at that–but well worth it.

How My Life Has Changed

The lifestyle change was drastic: changing all eating habits, getting used to smaller portions 6 times a day instead of 3 large meals, not eating sugar and staying away from a lot of fats. My exercising changed. Now I run, and work out on an elliptical that my boyfriend and I own. I also do Pilates, which is very fun. What kept me motivated was knowing that my mother and brother were supporting me in everything I decided to do, and what I wanted to do was become healthy.

My life is wonderful now; I’m healthy, happy and loved by many people. I am better equipped to accept their love for me. I’m more outgoing now than I have ever been. I can just go up to people now and start a conversation—before, I was too shy. I never participated in class or raised my hand because I didn’t want anyone looking at me. Now, I love my college courses and am carrying a 4.0 average. I plan to start the nursing program in the fall. I have a wonderful boyfriend who loves me.

To Those Considering Bariatric Surgery

I would like to tell people that if you are scared, it is normal; but the surgery is so definitely worth it. You will be more happy and healthy than ever. Barix Clinics changed my life! I can never thank you enough!

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