Pam had tried every diet out there, but her weight would go down and then it would go back up, over and over again for the past 10 years.
She was pre-diabetic and had high blood pressure, acute acid reflux, sleep apnea and she also had a lot of knee trouble.
It was all from being overweight.
“I was scared and I was worried about my health,” said Pam. “I have a granddaughter and I want to see her grow older. I was determined to be here for her.”
It had also become physically hard for Pam to take care of herself.
“I couldn’t bend over and tie my shoes and I had trouble doing all of the daily activities that you need to do,” she said. “It was hard and I was tired of being tired all of the time.”
Pam knew that the older she got the harder it would be to lose the weight, so she decided to give weight loss surgery, or what is also known as bariatric surgery, a try.
“I am glad I did,” she said smiling.
Four months after surgery, Pam is no longer on any medication and her sleep apnea is gone.
“I have so much more energy and I am more confident,” she said. “I am walking a lot more now. I am walking up hills, cleaning house, going up and down the stairs, doing laundry, and I can bend over and tie my shoes.”
All of the things that we take for granted, Pam said that she can now do.
"Weight loss surgery is a tool," said Pam. "You still have to have the motivation and you still have to have the discipline, but this is a tool that makes it so much easier."
"I wish I would have done it sooner," she added. "I would not have been as miserable for as long as I was. I feel like for the first time in my life I am really happy with myself and proud that I was able to do this."
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