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Jill R. – My Story

Gastric Bypass  |  2015

My Life Before Bariatric Surgery 

At age 48, my weight was preventing me from living the life I wanted to live. I was making excuses not to go and do things, my career was being affected, and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was embarrassed and ashamed of my physical condition. I needed help! 

Making the Decision 

I began to confide in a close friend and family about my over-all health and ill feeling. I expressed an interest to explore weight loss surgery. All of my confidants were supportive of my curiosity. I began to research surgical options and locations. I discovered Barix and went to an informational seminar. 

The day of the consultation was the first day of the rest of my life. After the group presentation, I spoke privately with the surgeon. He listened to me, to my concerns, questions, fears and history of weight loss (and regain) throughout my life. Together, we made a surgical choice that fit my needs physically and emotionally—gastric bypass surgery. From that first conversation, the trust began. Three months later, I had surgery and have never regretted the decision.

My Barix Clinics Experience 

I cannot say enough about my surgeon and the team of exceptional professionals he has working with him. Each one exceeded my expectations as a professional. Their care, sensitivity, knowledge, skill level and compassion brought a tremendous amount of confidence and security as I faced what was a scary life-changing procedure to improve my over-all health. I remember each one used human touch, eye contact, a smile and an assuring, calming and confident voice. 

From the first day I walked in Barix Clinics, I was treated with respect and understanding. It was the start of eliminating the shame I had felt for decades.

My Life After Surgery 

My overall health and quality of life has completely changed! I have a new found confidence to try new things and live life! I now ride my bike, kayak, parasail, click an airplane seatbelt (and have 12 inches of extra belt), keep up with 26-third graders, and am not afraid to wear a swim suit. I no longer fear doctor appointments or procedures. I am healthy and enjoying life!


To Those Considering Surgery 

Don’t be afraid of taking that first step toward a journey of improved quality of life and wellbeing. Knowledge is empowering and brings courage. Reclaim your life with the help of the Barix team of professionals who will be by your side before, during, and after the surgical procedure. My only regret was not taking that first step earlier in my life.

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