“Feeling good about what you see in the mirror. It’s worth the investment today to preserve your quality of life tomorrow.”

Tom Pool


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

Dr. Mason and the folks that work in his office really helped bring everything together for me. He arrived to observe the same bariatric class I was in and was very hands-on throughout the decision-making process. I learned early on that the gastric sleeve procedure I was considering was no “magic wand” for sustained weight loss; that it more of a “tool” that required a fair amount of work on my part. Like others, I grew impatient with slow, three-to-four pounds of weight loss per month, but with time, I let go and let the sleeve do the work. And let me tell, it did work.

In the year after my surgery, I’d lost about 80 pounds and was looking to break the 200-pound barrier. I increased my activity level and exercise became an almost daily part of my life. Before I could never dream of running in a marathon (all 26.2 miles in fact) or devoting so much energy to helping others stay in shape, especially kids. It’s been an amazing transformation.

Today, I feel in control of something I struggled with for a long time. That sense of accomplishment has made a genuinely positive impact on my quality of life, my relationships with my wife and children, and my wardrobe for that matter (no more fat or skinny sets of clothes). Just “one-size-fits-all” of me today.

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