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      Bariatric surgey has allowed Paige to keep up with her son and live a healthier life.
Paige's Story
Lost 145 pounds

At 39, Paige's brother passed away due to a heart attack. Knowing her life was also at risk, Paige decided she needed to make a change.

Inspired by Christina's story (see below), Paige got in contact with the Bryan Bariatric team and underwent bariatric surgery.

Today, she is leading and living a healthier life. She has committed to eating healthier, exercising and has the ability to keep up with her young son.

"I am now a better, healthier person," says Paige.

 

 

 

 

 

      Rhonda made the change for her life and her health.
Rhonda's Story
Lost 150 pounds

Prior to bariatric surgery, Rhonda weighed nearly 400 pounds and was unable to complete simple daily tasks such as tying her shoe. Today, the opportunities are endless for Rhonda. She is now able to tie her shoes, take the stairs and even owns her very own bike. Something she never dreamed of prior to surgery.

"It's your life and it's your health," says Rhonda. "It was a commitment I had to make personally and mentally."

 

 

 

 

 

      It wasn't until doctors told Brenda that if she didn't take control of her weight, she might no longer be around. Today, her opportunities are innumerable.
Brenda's Story
Lost 132 pounds

It wasn't until doctors told Brenda that if she didn't take control of her weight, she might no longer be around. Her liver was no longer functioning properly and it was time to make a change.

She was recommended to Bryan Bariatric Advantage where she got to meet the close-knit team that continues to support her in staying committed to a healthier lifestyle.

"The amount of things I am now able to do is innumerable, compared to before," said Brenda. "People have commented on how much happier I am and how much more confidence I have."

 

 

 

 

 

Manny's Story
Lost 140 pounds

      Manny made the decision to undergo weight loss surgery for himself and for his children.

Manny looks much different than he did a year ago. At 29, Manny decided to undergo weight loss surgery and his life has changed for the better since.

With the help of the Bryan Bariatric Advantage team Manny lost over 140 pounds.

"The surgery is not just a small fix, it's for a lifetime. People can get their lives back." said Dr. Forse, who performed the bariatric surgery.

Manny decided to make a change for his young children. He now is able to keep up with them at play and really enjoy their time together. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina's Story
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Today, the possibilities are
endless for Christina.

Lost 250 pounds

"I was watching my life go by. Then I fully committed to losing weight, and it was like a new world opened up for me."

At 28, Christina weighed 430 pounds and was unable to walk without discomfort and fatigue. Christina knew she could no longer continue this lifestyle, enough was enough. Through her dedication and the expert team at Bryan, Christina lost over 250 pounds by evaluating her life, undergoing weight-loss surgery and committing herself to a healthy lifestyle.

We congratulate Christina on this accomplishment and are proud to have provided her with a continuum of care to give her a new lease on life!

If you are struggling with weight and have had enough, attend one of our weight-loss surgery information sessions. Details here, www.bryanhealth.org/bariatrics.

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret's Story
Lost 95 pounds

Margaret Bennett of Lincoln said that she was tired of all the adjustments she had to make to her life because of her size. She was tired of the aches, the pains, and the excuses. “It was a slow process for me to be able to admit that being overweight was affecting my life. I always thought I should be able to do it on my own. Finally, I realized I needed help. I had to do something.” 

Margaret exercising with LifePointe staff.


Margaret started researching the different types of bariatric surgeries and met with several medical centers in Nebraska that offer weight loss surgery. In the summer of 2012, she met Dr. Armour Forse, gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon, Bryan Bariatric Advantage. “When I met Dr. Forse, I knew he was the one I could trust to do this.”


Since she began this life changing journey, Margaret has lost 95 pounds. She has learned how to tell when her body is full. She exercises regularly because her joints no longer hurt and she sleeps better, giving her more energy and motivation. But she didn’t do it alone. 


“That’s what I really liked about Bryan’s program. After the surgery, I had a support system at Bryan’s Lifepointe campus. My exercise specialist helped me get into warm water aerobics and other exercises.  My dietitian was always there for me. I could call or email her questions anytime. She helped me get the right vitamins and a protein supplement. I never spent much time in the kitchen before, but now, I actually enjoy shopping and cooking - being in charge of my own nutrition.”


Margaret says her weight loss has made a noticeable difference in her activity level. “I do more in a day than I used to do in a week.” On her last visit to Dr. Forse, Margaret thanked him for saving her life. “I believe this surgery saved me – emotionally and physically.” 


Bryan Bariatric Advantage offers a full range of education and support before, during and after procedures. If you're interested in a free information session to learn more about weight loss surgery visit our calendar here or call 402-481-5490 and register. Classes are offered from 6-7 p.m. at the Bryan LifePointe Campus, 7501 S. 27th St. 

 

 

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