Weight Loss Surgery Patient Stories
A new lease on life, inspiring stories of success
Walking, CrossFit and playing with her
young niece and nephew are all part of
Catherine's life after weight loss.
If there was one thing Catherine Leick wished she could do, it was join her young niece and nephew on the playground. But until very recently, her weight kept her from doing that – and many other activities. “I’ve dealt with stress and worry by eating since I was a child, and I’ve struggled with my weight as long as I can remember,” says Catherine, 29, of Norfolk. “As I got older, the weight piled on until, at age 27, I hit 354 pounds.”
Lost weight always regained
Catherine lost weight many times by diet and exercise, and even used diet pills, but that weight, and more, always returned. “I knew I could be eligible for weight loss surgery, and thought about it for years,” she explains, “but kept hesitating because I wasn’t sure what the best procedure would be for me, and felt nervous about having surgery.”
Poor quality of life called for changes
The tipping point came in 2015, when she hurt her knee and damaged a spinal disc in her lower back. “I had severe pain all the time, missed a lot of work, and was even too tired and in pain to see my friends. At that point, I realized my quality of life had become so poor that I had to do something to change my situation. So I contacted Bryan Bariatric Advantage and scheduled a consultation to learn more about my options for weight loss surgery. “Over the 14 months since my surgery,” says Catherine, “I’ve worked with the staff and counselors at Bryan to learn how to cope in healthy ways, rather than by eating when I get stressed or worried. Now, I’m happy to say that food no longer controls me.”
Active life for the win!
Catherine so far has lost 168 pounds and is excited to be able to do so much more now. “I can trade clothes with my friends — something I could never do, even as a kid. And I’m much more active — walking and jogging, and I just started CrossFit training.” And now, she can go to the park with her little niece and nephew, and stay off the sidelines. “This summer, when my nephew said ‘Aunt Catie! Come play on the slide with me!’ I could actually do it — in fact, we went down the slide together 17 times that day. I would suggest to anyone thinking about weight loss surgery that they contact Bryan Bariatric Advantage to learn about the different options and what is the right procedure for them. That was the first step for me — it’s helped me change my life."
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Lost Nearly 180 Pounds
Phillip, a Create-Area Medical Center paramedic, says he is happier and much more able to enjoy life after weight loss surgery, exercise and support from the Bryan Bariatrics Program. Read more.
Lost 70 Pounds in Six Months
When Kiley faced the hard realization she couldn't go for a bike ride or stroll through an outdoor market due to her weight, she knew it was time to make a change for the better. With the help of Bryan Bariatric Advantage's comprehensive team of dieticians and doctors, Kiley is setting goals and making significant strides in her weight loss journey.
"I like to win. And in the end it's all for me and I have to give it 110 percent," said Kiley.
Lost 145 Pounds
At 39, Paige's brother passed away due to a heart attack. Knowing her life was also at risk, Paige knew 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.
Lost 150 Pounds
Before 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. Now she's lacing up her shoes, taking the stairs and even biking. Something she never dreamed of before surgery.
"It's your life and it's your health," says Rhonda. "It was a commitment I had to make personally and mentally."
Lost 132 Pounds
When doctors told Brenda that if she didn't take control of her weight, she might no longer be around – that was the turning point. Her liver was no longer functioning properly and it was time to make a change.
Her doctor recommended Bryan Bariatric Advantage where she met 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 also comment on how much happier I am and how much more confidence I have."
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.
Now she has a new lease on life!
Change Your Life, the Time is Now
We congratulate all our patients on their accomplishments and are proud to provide the range of services, care and support that changes lives.
If you're struggling with weight and have had enough, attend one of our weight-loss surgery information sessions. We're here to help you begin your journey.