Meet Margarita - A Weight-Loss Success Story
At just under 5-foot-10, Margarita Martin weighed 330 pounds and was more than 50 percent body fat. Her weight had lead to myriad health issues, including high cholesterol, diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea.
She decided, after much consideration, to take action. Her next decision was choosing Memorial.
Margarita underwent a global health assessment of medical, lifestyle, nutritional and physical therapy evaluations, which determined for her a customized treatment plan that would include bariatric surgery. Following a gastric bypass procedure in May 2011 through Memorial’s Bariatric Program, she lost 135 pounds. But, surgery was just the beginning.
Margarita's Weight Loss Story
A continued regimen of multidisciplinary care, including physical therapy, nutrition counseling with registered dietitians, lifestyle counseling, support groups and follow-up visits with her team of surgeons, has kept the weight off—and changed Margarita’s whole life.
Her new health journey began with an ending—her nurse practitioner told her, “You can stop calling yourself a diabetic.” Soon after, Margarita’s cholesterol went back to normal, and she was able to get rid of her CPAP device.
She began meeting with a social worker, who encouraged her to journal and helped her to work through her insecurities and worries, new and old.
Dietitians worked with Margarita to plan meals and taught her new ways to prepare and enjoy foods.
After her recovery period, she worked with the center’s physical therapists, who evaluated her and determined she was ready to begin working out. Following a slow introduction of exercise, she is now an avid runner. She is now working with her team of dietitians to create a new meal plan to ensure she consumes enough
calories for her daily two hour workouts.
Not a Destination, but a Journey
Though Margarita lives nearly two hours from Springfield, she drives two hours on a near monthly basis to attend support groups with those going through the same experiences. Now, Margarita is a proud mentor—working with other patients and sharing her story so that others might benefit.
To Margarita, the trip is worth it. “I don’t care how far Springfield is. I will always come to Memorial because of the people.”
“To be trapped in a 330 pound body, you feel helpless and angry,” she said. “You want to be invisible. Now I feel like I’ve been released from prison.”
While surgery made a massive difference, Margarita is grateful for every element of care provided by Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “You have the surgery, you lose the weight. But, then what? The surgery is just a tool.
I’m successful because I’ve done everything. And you only get one shot at life.”
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