*Disclaimer: As patients and procedures vary so will results
I began my journey toward a healthy life on September 14, 2010 when I made my first visit to Dr. Barnes. At the time I had reached my point of surrender with my constant weight problem that I had experienced for 56 years. In the last 5 of those years my weight had ballooned to 469 pounds. I was miserable. I had diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and chronic knee problems.
On that day of my first visit with Dr. Barnes he gave me hope like I had never had before. He gave me some instructions on what I needed to do to prepare for the Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass and I began following his instructions. My biggest fear with the surgery was that after the surgery, I would constantly be hungry but have a physical limitation with eating to satisfaction. Even with this fear, I was desperate for a change in my life and on that day the change began.
Dr. Barnes wanted me to lose 30 pounds before my surgery and I was successful at losing 60. I had my surgery on February 7, 2011 and experienced no problems whatsoever. My greatest fear did not become realized—quite the opposite. I began to get full after just a few small bites of food.
Between February 7, 2011 and November, 2011, I lost 209 pounds and compared to the 469 pounds I weighted on that first visit to Dr. Barnes, the total weight loss is 269 pounds. On Thanksgiving, 2011, my weight was 210 pounds. I have maintained that same weight for almost two years now. I still do what Dr. Barnes tells me to do. As long as I do, I should be able to maintain 210 pounds.
My message to the morbidly obese is simply this: Face your fears, vocalize them to someone, walk through those fears and find your own point of surrender. You can find that a surrender can actually lead to a victory.
After the surgery:
My diabetes went away. My high blood pressure went away. My high cholesterol went away. My sleep apnea went away. My knee problems went away. My attitude and zest for live improved dramatically.
My surrender became a victory. God Bless Dr. Barnes and his staff—they gave me back my life.