Before coming to Blue Valley Hospital I weighed in at 329 lbs and found myself suffering from sadness and depression. I had dealt with many health issues throughout my 46 years including asthma, migraines, high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea. However, it was the day I was told that I showed signs of becoming diabetic that stopped me in my tracks. I literally shut down from the world and although it’s sad to say, I didn’t want to go on. But thankfully, my story doesn’t end there.
I knew something had to change and I needed to lose weight to regain my life. After wiping away all the tears I began searching for a bariatric surgeon. I called around to many hospitals and heard a lot of “no’s”. During my year of research I learned that many places would not take my insurance — another roadblock on my way to better health. But, glory be to God, I found BVSA and heard the friendliest voice on the other end who took my call and got my journey started.
When I was approved and my labs were back, I was so amazed at how well Blue Valley Hospital staff took care of me. It felt like I was their family, not just a patient. They even went out of their way to make my mom and daughter comfortable as they anxiously waited for me to come out of surgery.
Eight months later, I’m now at 210 lbs and still losing. I show no signs of a diabetic issue or a thyroid issue. My folic acid levels look great, B12 is good and everything else just comes with age. This transformation is a continuing process. I have learned that I had surgery on my stomach but not my mind, so now it is about renewing my mind and embracing and loving a new me!
St. Louis, MO
Gastric Sleeve Surgery, January 2015