Weight had always been an issue for Margaret. As a wife and mother, she always put her family first, and that trend continued when her youngest son was diagnosed with cancer.
But during her son's four-year battle with cancer, her weight ballooned and so did her health problems. Not only was her weight out of control, but she was on seven different medications to manage her high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and prediabetes.
When she realized she needed to be there for her son, Margaret knew something had to change. She had to lose the weight.
"As a mom of a child with a challenge, you take on taking care of them. The need to be around for him meant I needed to get myself healthy," she says.
She attended weight loss surgery seminar with Kettering Physician Network bariatric surgeon Carey Brown, MD, and left knowing it was the right decision for her. She made an appointment with Dr. Brown to talk about the options and start the process. A few months later, she underwent gastric bypass surgery.
Today, Margaret has lost 145 pounds and is off all medication for comorbidities. She lives an active life and enjoys energy levels she never had before. Simple tasks like climbing the stairs are no longer a challenge.
"Every time I go in for my follow-up appointments with Dr. Brown, I thank him for helping me get myself in control of my health and my body."
Her new lifestyle includes working out three times a week and completely changing her eating habits. "Health is now my thing!" she says.
For Margaret and all weight loss surgery patients, hard work and dedication are the keys to success. "It takes a commitment to yourself to stay healthy."