Tami's Weight Loss Journey
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weight loss is the best thing that has ever happened to me! I always thought I
was overweight; being 6 feet tall you naturally weigh more than most people. Ever
since I became pregnant with my first child, now 16years old, I started to eat
uncontrollably. Because I was pregnant I thought I had an excuse to overeat. But
it didn't stop after I gave birth.
I tried everything: all kinds of
diets, diet pills, and Weight Watchers. They would work for a while, but, I either
got bored or my body would get used to the product. Then, I would stop losing
and start gaining again. I would gain back everything I lost, plus more. I was
In 2004, I heard about Dr. Raja and the weight loss surgery
program at Southwest General Hospital, so my mother and I went to a seminar. I
was very interested but scared and worried my insurance wouldn't pay for surgery.
My mother's cardiologist told her if she didn't have the surgery, she wouldn't
live many more years. That sold her, and she had the surgery shortly afterwards.
She had several health problems before surgery: diabetes, congestive heart failure,
prior open-heart surgery, knee replacement surgery, and high blood pressure. I
knew if I didn't do something about my weight I would suffer the same fate.
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I started the bariatric surgery process with Dr. Raja and his staff at the Bridges
Center. They were very informative and made sure that I had all the proper tests
to prepare me for the surgery. In July, I was given the approval and I had the
surgery. I was amazed at how good I felt right away. The staff at Southwest General
Hospital was great. They made me feel so special. Before the surgery, I weighed
312 pounds, and wore a size 24. I had high blood pressure and I ached all over.
My knees cracked anytime I walked up stairs, and my back ached. I wasn't happy
with my life, and I felt I wasn't being a good mother to my children. I was depressed,
which caused me to be closed off from the world and I was always tired.
have now lost 143 pounds, wear a size 8/10 and I am still losing weight. I no
longer require blood pressure medication because I no longer have high blood pressure.
I never thought I would be able to exercise, but now I am a member of the local
gym. I was so amazed at myself when I started running with my kids since I haven't
run since junior high. I know that my kids loved me before, but I see such a difference
in the way that they treat me. I have so much fun with them now. My son and I
wear the same size clothing, so we make sure that when we go shopping, we each
approve of the other's selections. We weigh each morning to see how much closer
to his weight I am. They are so proud of me, and so am I.
This is the
best decision I could have ever made. I just wish that I had made the choice to
be healthier and happier a lot sooner. I would recommend this procedure and Dr.
Raja to anyone struggling with a weight problem. My life has improved so much.
Thanks, Bridges, for my new life!