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Tutu-Clad Runner Celebrates Loss of Nearly Half Her Body Weight

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 28-04-2016

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

What would it take to get you to don a tutu and run a 5K?

For Nichole Jones, it was a celebration. Celebrating the loss of nearly half her body weight. Celebrating the reversal of the dangerous path she was on toward diabetes.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Nichole struggled with her weight since she was in elementary school. She spent her summers with her grandparents, and like any doting grandparents, they made sure she ate. Her grandma’s cooking was on a par with Paula Deen’s high-calorie recipes, and her grandpa could always be counted on to pick up her favorite fast-food meals.

As she grew into adulthood, Nichole’s eating habits stayed the same. She couldn’t shake her habit of mindless eating, consuming food not because she was hungry but because she was bored. Read the rest of this entry »

Decatur Mom Loses 100-Plus Pounds with Weight-Loss Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 19-01-2016

After losing more than 100 pounds

After losing more than 100 pounds

Sparkle Before Surgery

Sparkle before surgery

After a full day working with senior citizens and special needs kids and adults, Sparkle Hill would come home from her job at the Decatur Park District thoroughly exhausted.

Her first stop was the bedroom, where she would lie down and wait until the pain went away. She knew the culprit was her weight, an issue she had struggled with most of her life. By March 2015, she weighed 358 pounds. She was tired of being in pain. She knew something had to change.

Since her mid-20s, the 5-foot-10 Decatur woman had tried almost everything: diet pills, B12 shots, several popular diets. Nothing worked. It was time to pursue the one thing she hadn’t tried, something that had been successful for several of her family members – weight-loss surgery.

Since her surgery, she’s lost more than 100 pounds. And she plans to keep going until she reaches her goal weight of 190 pounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ken

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 02-12-2014

Ken-and-Sons-Before

Ken and his sons before surgery

Ken and family after surgery

Ken and family after surgery

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.

Over 1,200 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 weight.

One such story is Ken, who has lost 180 pounds since his surgery in 2010.

Suffering from multiple weight-related health issues such as high blood pressure, back and foot pain, difficulty sleeping and acid reflux, Ken was faced with making a life-changing decision.

“I wanted more time with my son,” he said. “I knew if I didn’t do something I wouldn’t live to see 50.”

Read his story in his own words below.

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Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Gary

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 24-07-2014

Gary after surgery

Gary after surgery

Gary before surgery

Gary before surgery

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 weight.

One such story is Gary, who has lost 100 pounds since his surgery in 2013.

The death of his younger brother in 2012 helped motivate Gary to pursue surgery. “I vowed that if there was anything I could do to improve my health and not put my family throught that agony again I would do it,” he said.

Read his story in his own words below.

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Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Dorothy

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 27-06-2014

Dorothy after surgery

Dorothy after surgery

Dorothy before surgery

Dorothy before surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their 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 weight.

One such success story is Dorothy, who has lost 112 pounds since her surgery in 2010.

Dorothy experienced some health issues in the summer of 2009 that scared her enough to rethink her weight loss options. Since her surgery she participated in the “Fight for Air” stair climb  and prepped for a 5K run. She also credits her weight loss with helping her regain her self-confidence.

Dorothy says, “I love life! I just turned 50 on July 31 and I looked forward to it! I used to feel depressed and drained all the time. Now, even on a bad day at work or when something stressful happens, I seem to be able to cope better than I could before.”

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Heather

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 26-03-2014

Heather After Surgery

Heather After Surgery

Heather Before Surgery

Heather Before Surgery

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 Heather, who has lost 110 pounds since her surgery in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Jason

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 25-10-2013

Jason before surgery

Jason before surgery

Jason after surgery

Jason after surgery

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 Jason, who has lost 230 pounds since his surgery in 2010.

Tired of being a burden to his family and longing to have his hip replaced, Jason turned to Memorial Bariatric Services to lose weight and become healthy again. Since surgery, Jason no longer has swelling in his legs and ankles, can perform strenuous activities without becoming short of breath and has less joint pain.  He has since been able to take his family on vacation and has joined the local fire department.

Jason says, “Thanks to the Memorial Bariatric team, I am finally able to enjoy my life. The team saved my life and I can’t thank them enough!”

Read his story in his own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Yvette

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 16-09-2013

Yvette before surger

Yvette before surgery

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.

Yvette after surgery

Yvette after surgery

One such success story is Yvette, who has lost nearly 120 pounds since her surgery in 2012.

Tired of watching life pass her by, Yvette turned to Memorial Bariatric Services to lose weight and become healthy again. Since surgery, Yvette is no longer a diabetic and is not on any medicines. Her cholesterol has returned to normal levels and she has more energy.

Yvette says, “[This was] the BEST decision I have ever made – I love me again! I am truly happy and healthy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Deirdre

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 25-07-2013

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre after surgery

Deirdre after surgery

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 Deirdre, who has lost nearly 100 pounds since her surgery last year.

Deirdre’s motivation to lose weight came from watching her mother pass away from cardiac issues at only 55 years of age. Deirdre wants to live a healthy life and be there for her 5 small children. 

Since her surgery, Deirdre says, “I have much more energy, my joints do not hurt anymore, and I do not get short of breath going up stairs.”

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Barb

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 30-05-2013

Barb before surgey on left; after surgery on right

Barb before surgey on left; after surgery on right

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 Barb, who has lost more than 120 pounds since her surgery two years ago.

Since her surgery, Barb’s blood pressure has seen a dramatic drop and her knees don’t hurt anymore. She has become a runner, has tons of energy and is truly enjoying life.

Barb shares, “This is not an easy journey or a quick fix, but if you use your [surgery] properly, it will change your life.”

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »