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Even with medical weight loss surgery, success is never easy. It takes the right physician, the right procedure, a strong support network and most importantly, the dedication, drive and commitment to change your life for the better. Here are the inspirational stories of just a handful of patients who had their weight loss surgeries performed at the Bariatric Center of Excellence and who are thriving today.

Recent Success Stories

Carole’s Weight Loss Story

Carole’s Weight Loss Story

Carole Ferrante is a physical education teacher and volleyball coach with an abundance of energy and a positive, upbeat outlook on life. But less than two years ago, her life was very different; she was over 300 pounds and depressed, with moments of humiliation so deep they are hard to discuss even today.

"I love amusement parks, but one day I tried to ride a roller coaster, and the harness...

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Bernadette’s Weight Loss Story

Bernadette’s Weight Loss Story

Unlike many people who turn to bariatric surgery for weight loss, Bernadette Tierney did not struggle with weight issues for most of her life. It was only over the last 17 years that she gained a significant amount of weight for the same reason many women do: she was so busy taking care of her family that she neglected her own needs.
 
“My son was diagnosed with autism,” Bernadette explains. “So...

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Beth’s Weight Loss Story

Beth’s Weight Loss Story

The beauty industry is notoriously unforgiving to those who don’t fit the model physical stereotype. So when hairstylist Elizabeth “Beth” Hancock was at her peak weight of more than 270 pounds, she remembers feeling like she was “never good enough, never pretty enough, and never thin enough.”
 
But it was her worsening diabetes and a deep depression which ultimately were the catalysts for her...

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Angelyta’s Weight Loss Story

Angelyta’s Weight Loss Story

Angelyta Trusty believes that she used her weight as a shield to keep others away, as a result of a childhood trauma. It was only after she was finally able to cope with her painful past, emotionally, that she was ready to deal with her lifelong physical issues as well.
 
Angelyta underwent gastric bypass in November 2012 at Saint Agnes, weighing 356 pounds at the time. She now weighs 195 pounds,...

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Pace’s Weight Loss Story

Pace’s Weight Loss Story

As a registered nurse for almost 40 years, Pace Jagodzinski knew the damage her weight was doing to her health. In addition to high blood pressure and constant, excruciating lower back pain, she had undergone one knee replacement and was considering a second.
 
“I couldn’t go up or down steps without standing sideways and taking them one at a time,” says Pace, of her physical condition when she...

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Ginie Holochwost weight loss surgery before and after

Ginie’s Weight Loss Story

Virginia “Ginie” Holochwost was living a life of debilitating pain from rheumatoid arthritis, which required her to walk with the help of a walker since she was 18 years old. Her disease contributed to weight gain which further exacerbated her symptoms ~ so that by the time she decided to get bariatric surgery in January 2010, Ginie weighed 260 pounds and was in constant pain.

Two years after...

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Mason’s Weight Loss Story

Mason’s Weight Loss Story

At his peak, Mason Paris weighed 270 pounds. He was being treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. His weight made it difficult for Mason to move around and would cause lower back pain. In addition to physical pain, his weight was also a source of embarrassment.

“I used to get tired so fast while walking, and I would try to never walk with other people because I couldn’t...

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Nikki Massie bariatric surgery results before and after weight loss

Nikki’s Weight Loss Story

By day, she’s a staff writer for a disaster relief and development organization. But there is a lot more to Nikki Massie than that!

Perhaps most interestingly for physicians who work with bariatric patients, she is the creator of Bariatric Foodie. This lavishly photographed blog is a great source of information for post-bariatric patients and includes innovative, delicious recipes, nutritional...

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Kristin Jezierski  lap-band weight loss surgery

Kristin’s Weight Loss Story

Kristin wasn’t even born when the character played by Peter Finch in the blockbuster movie “Network” shouted, “I’m mad as #!*%, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Although she has never actually said it, listening to her talk about life before bariatric lap band surgery, you get the idea that it’s pretty much how she felt.

“I had been heavy all my life,” explains Kristin. “I was really tired...

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Sharon’s Weight Loss Story

Sharon’s Weight Loss Story

Sharon had struggled with her weight for years. When she learned that there was another grandchild on the way she decided that it was time to take action. Now, only months after her surgery, Sharon has already lost 80 pounds and is getting back to doing the things she loves, such as spending quality time with her family.

“Now, I have more energy and can do more things with my grandchildren that...

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