“I used to slouch, hoping no one would notice me. Now I stand up straight, and I want to be noticed. I am proud of myself.”
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 weighed 265 pounds. “Worse than that, I had five grandchildren and I just couldn’t begin to keep up with them.”
Her desire to get back to active family life and the activities she enjoyed, such as boating, led Pace to undergo gastric bypass at the Saint Agnes Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in May of 2013.
In less than a year since, she has undergone a total transformation inside and out -- dropping nearly 100 pounds, and gaining a newfound joy in life and its many possibilities.
“My husband and I are starting to travel again, after so long,” says Pace. “We are going on a cruise, and we are going to take the grandkids to Disney. I couldn’t have done any of that before I had the surgery and lost the weight.”
Pace says that she owes much of her success to the education and support she received from the bariatric team at Saint Agnes before, during, and after her surgery. The nutrition counseling, support groups, written materials and staff guidance were crucial for her to learn how to live in a healthier way, she says.
Her only regret was waiting as long as she did to have it done, and she is urging her daughter, who is considering bariatric surgery as well, to take the step that will transform her life.
Even her posture has changed, reflecting her new outlook and confidence. “I used to slouch, hoping no one would notice me. Now I stand up straight, and I want to be noticed. I am proud of myself.”