Patient Stories


Candace Watters

All my life growing up I was always the chunky girl. After two pregnancies back to back and a job that consists of me sitting all day and being provided lunch by clients more often than needed, my weight consistently rose getting upwards to 300 pounds. I knew it was time to make a change.
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Tommy Clement

In my 40s, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes which steadily grew worse until I was unable to control it. I tried diet and exercise, including every fad diet you can think of, but nothing worked. I finally asked my doctor, “What can I do about this?” He suggested weight loss surgery, so, I decided to follow-up with him.
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Tom Pool

In my life, I’ve cared for loved ones who suffered from obesity. One day, I clearly remember telling my wife, “I don’t want to be that kind of burden to my children someday.” I was well on my way to becoming that kind of problem. In 2010, I decided that it was either budget for the recommended surgery now or pay the cost in poor health later. So, I chose the former.
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Tammy Michael

I never really had a weight problem, but as I got older, I developed a health condition that contributed to weight gain. The real problem started after I had a serious car accident. Following the accident, I had several major surgeries which left me feeling terribly bloated and uncomfortable. I tried a variety of diets. But, as soon I stopped dieting, I gained all the weight back.
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Toni Carelock

My weight was the one thing in my life I thought I could always control. If I wanted to lose weight, I’d lose it. But one day, I couldn’t lose it anymore. My health grew worse. I prematurely developed diabetes, high blood pressure and other health conditions. On top of that, I didn’t change my eating habits. My doctor’s warning--that I might collapse without any notice and never see my kids again--was my wake up call.
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Debbie Tibbetts

I looked into bariatric surgery because my life was severely restricted by the poor condition of my health. I was on medication for high blood pressure. Also, I took a medicine every day for acid reflux. My knees were so bad it hurt to do most everything.
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Mary “Mike” Hatcher

In 2001, I elected to have gastric band surgery because I was extremely overweight. Aches and pains were part of my daily life. Food was a very important, but, exercise was not.

After gastric band surgery, I lost an extreme amount of weight. I was dehydrated and developed an ulcer in my esophagus. After the procedure, I was unable to eat without vomiting. The banding is extremely restrictive in that I could only eat small food portions. I wasn’t feeling good, so, I got the band removed.
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Alanna Cosgrove

I was a little chubby as a kid, but, the weight did not stop me from leading a fairly healthy life through my teens. But, the struggle of gaining and losing weight was was tiring. In my late 30s, I started developing precursor conditions to diabetes and I knew something had to change.
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Sean Brimhall

I struggled with my weight my entire life. And the heavier I got, the more I noticed that people didn’t really look at me when we met – they looked at my body.
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Katie Clement

I am only 21 years old. But, since the age of 6, I’ve been overweight. I began to think twice when I started to become progressively unhealthy in high school. I witnessed how weight affects my parents’ health and I knew I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. Mom underwent weight loss surgery. After seeing the difference it made in her, my Dad and I decided to do the same thing. So, then I suppose, I did want to follow in their footsteps!
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Jenni Money

Since elementary school, I have always been overweight. I enjoyed sports and I was active much like other kids my age. But, my weight was not normal. At one point, I reached 170 pounds and the weight kept climbing. I gained approximately 60-80 pounds in three years. At 27, I started to become immobile. I had no quality of life and no real hope that it would get any better.
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Beldon Sprouse

Weight has been an issue my whole life. Although I worked to get things under control, I always ended up right back where I started. As the years added up, so did my weight – more than about 360 pounds at the top end. I started losing energy and developed Type 2 Diabetes.
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