Laura's Story

Lost 120 pounds

My weight has been a battle for me for most of my life. I've always been an active person who loves sports and being outdoors, but that never seemed to be enough. Like everyone that goes through this battle, I have tried all the diets with little to no success. Honestly, I was at the point where I was scared to weigh myself anymore, so the last time I did, I weighed in at 267 pounds. I was emotionally and physically drained, battling depression, and had lost hope that things would ever get any better.

When I reached this point, I knew I was no use to my children or the people that I loved if I couldn't even take care of myself. I decided to watch some videos on people’s journeys with weight loss surgery online and looked on different bariatric sites. I also spoke with a friend of mine who had the sleeve surgery done through Dr. Ringley. She answered many of my questions and was very insightful and encouraging to me. I decided to go through the gastric bypass surgery.

I've been asked on a daily basis if I regret my decision and the answer will always be the same... I would do it again without hesitation. Being able to wake up in the morning, step out of bed without my back hurting and knees popping is amazing. I have people laugh at me when I joke that the one of my favorite things with the weight loss is being able to bend over and tie my shoes without struggling. But honestly, it's the small things that seem to add up. Being able to walk into any store and buy a pair of pants and shirt, or even climbing a flight of stairs and not feeling out of breath. But most importantly spending quality time with my kids and knowing that I'm doing everything I can to assure I'm going to be here to watch them continue to grow.

I've had the chance over the last year and a half or so to talk to many people. And I will say the same thing that I tell them. This can be the best decision of your life but don't fool yourself... this is a life changing event that is anything but easy. This choice has to be for you first and foremost. I will never again be that person I was 120 pounds ago. My body and mind are so much more healthy and happy and I feel blessed every day for this second chance in life. Everyone on the team from my doctors, nurses, nutritionist, and every person at Covenant helped make this happen for me . They helped me every step of the way and continue to be there supporting me and I will never be able to thank them enough.