Deciding to live a full life: One woman’s personal weight-loss journey
Sherry, weight-loss patient
If you’ve ever battled your weight over the years, you may see a lot of yourself in Sherry’s story. Although she wasn’t overweight while in school, when Sherry became busy with her marriage, job and taking care of her two daughters, the number on the scale started to get bigger and bigger. As the pounds crept on, Sherry stopped looking in mirrors, as well as avoided photos and lots of fun activities.
Those days are over.After years of trying countless diets, Sherry took her aunt’s suggestion and attended an information session hosted by surgeon Dr. Bradley Pierce, MD, from the Weight Loss Clinic at Fairview Southdale Hospital. “I was unsure at first, but Dr. Pierce’s message hit home right away,” recalls Sherry. “One statistic really resonated with me—that I could die 15 years earlier than a person of normal weight.”
Knowing weight loss surgery is a life-long commitment, Sherry gave it a lot of thought and prayed, and attended two more information sessions. “One day I simply realized I couldn’t continue on the same path. It was foolish to miss out on life because of my weight. I was really at peace with my choice and Dr. Pierce.”
From coordinating insurance coverage to nutrition counseling and education, Sherry says the Weight Loss Clinic staff was fantastic in making sure she was well prepared for surgery and long-term success. Part of the prep involved writing a letter to herself about her goals, which included wanting to be healthy, be there for her children, fit in a kayak, be comfortable on an airplane, and be able to tuck in her shirt and wear a belt again.
In December of 2009, Sherry had Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery. With no complications, the weight came off fast, and she began working toward—and achieving— her goals. Sherry’s accomplishments entail activities she couldn’t do before — from hiking in the Colorado mountains to running the Minnesota State Fair’s annual 5K Milk Run with her daughters.
“Food isn’t my thing anymore. I never feel hungry, and I don’t even miss diet pop, which I used to crave,” says Sherry. “I don’t have a single regret. Weight loss surgery is the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.”
Sherry lost more than 100 pounds and feels younger than she did 10 years ago. She says thanks to Dr. Pierce, his staff and her own determination, she’s once again an active participant in life.
The decision to have weight-loss surgery can be difficult. At the Fairview Southdale Weight Loss Clinic, we’re here to answer your questions and provide you with all of the information you're looking for. We recommend viewing our online weight-loss surgery seminar to learn about the surgeries we offer, what to expect before and after each procedure, and how to work with your insurance company.
And just like Sherry, you’re invited to attend one of our monthly information sessions about our weight-loss surgery program at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Our professional medical staff will guide you through a discussion of the history of weight loss surgery, qualifications for surgery, and the risks and benefits of the surgery. View our schedule and register online.
For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, call 952-915-8626.