Kelley's Story

Lost 120 pounds

My name is Kelley. I am 45 and have struggled with my weight my whole life despite exercise, boot camps, and training for races. After many failed attempts at sustained weight loss, and at my heaviest of 315 pounds, my family doctor recommended that I check out a bariatric seminar. Surgery was not my first option, as I don’t think it should be for anyone, but for me it was my “Hail Mary” to get the weight off, feel better, and get off medication being taken for obesity related conditions. I had several health concerns, such as:

  • Thyroid struggles
  • Borderline hypertension
  • Borderline diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • C-Pap machine because my snoring kept my husband awake
  • Joint pain
  • Degenerating discs
  • Water retention that was causing leg edema
  • Disrupted sleep

In addition to these health-related issues, my self-esteem was at an all time low, my energy was well below where I thought it should be, and I was struggling with everyday tasks. I wanted to lead a more active lifestyle and was not able to make that happen without pursuing the surgical route.

The Covenant Bariatric & Metabolic Center has been helpful since day #1 of inquiring about the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. From the nutritional counseling to the intensive pre-surgical screening, the staff has been commendable. Because of the staff, at both Dr. Ringley’s office and Covenant HealthCare, I am enjoying my new level of activity with my students at school and my family at home. Since surgery in December of 2015, I have lost 120 pounds and I feel amazing! I have been able to maintain normal levels of cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure, no more C-PAP machine, sleeping patterns have improved, lessening of joint pain, and increased self-esteem. My only regret to date is that I didn’t have the procedure done sooner. Thank you to my family doctor, Lehka Richardson, for pushing me ever so gently, to Dr. Ringley for being so caring and willing to answer any question (and I asked some dumb ones), to Libby for pushing me in the hospital to do just a little bit more, and to the whole hospital staff for being so incredibly caring in a “different” situation.