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Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Jill

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 04-04-2013

Jill after surgery

Jill 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 Jill, who has lost more than 118 pounds since her surgery a year ago.

“I finally realized it was time for me to take care of myself in order to be around to take care of the ones that I love,” she saidSince her surgery, Jill has become a runner and is happier than ever.

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

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ginny

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 26-02-2013

Ginny before surgery (on the right)

Ginny before surgery (on the 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.

Ginny after surgery

Ginny after surgery

One such success story is Ginny, who has lost more than 113 pounds since her surgery and was able to remove numerous medicines from her daily regime.

“I’m more outgoing now, and people are more receptive to me,” she said. ”

“I’m happier and enjoy life.”

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

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Linda

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 20-02-2013

Linda 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 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.)

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Margarita

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 11-02-2013

Margarita after surgery

Margarita 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 Margarita, who lost more than 140 pounds, saw her diabetes disappear practically overnight and has gone on to participate in multiple 5K runs and a biathlon. And now, she’s training for her first half-marathon! 

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

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ron

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 14-01-2013

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 Ron, who lost more than 200 pounds, reduced his blood-pressure medications from eight to two and has seen a drastic improvement in his quality of life. Read his story in his own words below.

Ron before surgery

Ron after surgery

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Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ruth

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 31-10-2012

Ruth after surgery

Ruth, 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 Ruth, who lost more than 80 pounds and has seen many health benefits after her surgery.  Read her story in her own words below or click here to enlarge the photo.

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Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Michael

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 27-09-2012

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 Michael, who lost more than 135 pounds and has seen many health benefits after her surgery. Read her story in her own words:

Michael before December 2009
After surgery | Michael now

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Women’s Biathlon Offers Weight-Loss Surgery Patient Another Milestone

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, SportsCare | Posted on 04-09-2012

Margarita after bariatric surgery ready to participate in Memorial SportsCare's Women's Biathlon

One of her biggest challenges awaits Margarita Martin on Sept. 23, and the Charleston nurse and mother of three couldn’t be more excited.

Margarita will join hundreds of other central Illinois women when she takes part in Memorial SportsCare’s women’s biathlon. The 20-kilometer bike ride followed by a 5-kilometer run will be the biggest athletic event she’s tackled to date.

And that’s quite an accomplishment, considering that the 5-foot-10 woman weighed just over 300 pounds through most of the first half of 2011. After she had bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery at Memorial Medical Center in May 2011, she eventually lost 140 pounds.

Read her weight-loss story.

To prepare for the biathlon, Margarita has been running three days a week – a fast, short run and two slower, long runs – and doing cross-training exercise four days a week, including weights, hill training and bicycle riding. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Jennifer

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 23-07-2012

Jennifer after weight loss surgery

Jennifer before weight loss 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 Jennifer, who lost more than 100 pounds in less than one year post-surgery! Read her story in her own words: 

Bariatric Patient’s Diabetes Disappears the Day After Procedure

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Diabetes | Posted on 12-07-2012

Margarita before surgery

Margarita Martin had struggled with weight since she was 14 years old. She would gain weight, take some of it off and then put it back on – again and again.

But she reached a point where she no longer cared about her weight. At just under 5-foot-10, the Charleston mother of three had reached 300 pounds, but “I was a healthy girl.” She wasn’t diabetic; her cholesterol numbers were fine. She only had obstructive sleep apnea and wore a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device while she slept.

But then she had her wake-up call.

Margarita is a registered nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, where she serves as the patient care leader in the labor and delivery unit. In 2007, she decided to participate in the hospital’s wellness program.

Her fasting blood sugar was nearly double what it should have been, and her cholesterol was off. Read the rest of this entry »