For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health. For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.
About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.
One such success story is Linda, who has lost more than 65 pounds since her surgery in late August and no longer relies on a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or takes blood pressure medication.
“My self-esteem is back and I’m no longer ashamed of how I look,” she said.
Read Linda’s story in her own words below. (Click here to enlarge.)Enjoy LiveWell Online Magazine? Stay up-to-date with a free email subscription!