"At 412 pounds I was told by my doctor that if I did not lose the weight, I would die. After choosing to have weight-loss surgery I lost a total of 195 pounds in 11 months and have kept it off for close to four years now. My health has never been better!

I work with children who are medically fragile and have special needs. Before having the bypass it was difficult for me to take care of their everyday needs. Now they can't keep up with me! I have so much energy and no fear of not being able to care for them any more. It is such a great feeling of accomplishment. I got my life back and could not be happier!"