Before and After

Wendi’s Story

Now, 155 pounds lighter, I feel I have a new lease on life.”

“After my second child was born with a rare genetic syndrome, I was very depressed. As he was born with paralyzed vocal cords, among numerous other anomalies, he did not have the ability to eat or drink. Therefore, he was fed with a feeding tube from his birth to 3 years old. During this time, I felt so guilty for being able to eat normally; I fed my guilt and fear for my son with food. Eventually, I was 150 pounds overweight.

After my third child was born, I tried to lose weight and keep it off, but nothing seemed to work.

I was on a life-long roller coaster ride of starvation, deprivation and disappointment when the diets failed.

Finally, after some health problems, I decided to do something positive for my health and longevity.┬áMy self-esteem was plummeting, along with my health. I had no serious health issues, but I knew my body couldn’t hold out forever with all of the extra weight.

I was tired of going to bed with the last thought in my head spinning around what I was going to find to wear to work for the next day and waking up worried about my weight and how I looked and felt.

My self-esteem was plummeting, along with my health. I had no serious health issues, but I knew my body couldn’t hold out forever with all of the extra weight.

After doing research on bariatric surgery, I decided to go to an informational seminar and find out what gastric banding could offer me. Since my insurance didn’t cover this surgery, I had to decide if I wanted to invest thousands of dollars on bariatric surgery.

After some time and support from my husband and family, I made the surgery a priority and the commitment to change my life for good.

Now, 155 pounds lighter, I feel I have a new lease on life. I can do things I haven’t been able to do in 20 years!

I am more active and find myself an active participant in my life again. Having this surgery and the support of the team at Columbia Bariatrics is undeniably the best thing I have ever done for my health. It’s still a lot of work to stay on track, but most good things in life are worth the work! I would recommend this surgery to anyone who qualifies for the program and wants to achieve lifetime healthiness.”