Patient Stories

Ginny Fahs

An Advocate for the Multidisciplinary Approach

The toughest challenge for Ginny Fahs on her weight loss journey was beating cancer. In 2005, she had begun working with her insurance company to start the approval process for bariatric surgery. Ginny worked with her primary care physician to meet the requirements to have the surgery in 2009. Today she is happier, more outgoing and enjoying life.

"I feel good about myself. I am happier, more outgoing and I enjoy life."

The toughest challenge for Ginny Fahs on her wellness journey was beating cancer. In 2005, she had begun working with her insurance company to start the approval process for bariatric surgery when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Frustrated with weight gain during her cancer treatments, Ginny worked with her primary care physician to meet the requirements to have the surgery in 2009. “I was tired of my lack of energy, difficulty tying shoes, bending or stooping down,” she said. “I also wanted to reduce the amount of medication I was taking.” Ginny, 58, underwent bariatric surgery on Sept. 28, 2009, and worked diligently to follow the post-surgery nutrition and exercise plan outlined by her medical team. A couple of months after surgery, she was exercising twice a day and counting down her clothing sizes. “I would recommend this process to anyone who has a substantial amount of weight to lose or who is on several medications,” she said. “I always tell people I would do this surgery again in a heartbeat. The staff and program are awesome.” Not only did Ginny lose 113 pounds, but she gained confidence in meeting and talking with people, and she was able to exercise with little or no problems. She was delighted to give up cholesterol, insulin and acid reflux medications, and her blood pressure dropped to within normal levels. “It continues to be rewarding, even after four years,” she said. “I feel good about myself. I am happier, more outgoing and I enjoy life. I also love looking at and buying clothes that fit.” She is an advocate for Memorial’s multidisciplinary approach. “I have heard of other programs that do not provide the follow-up support or the criteria after surgery,” she said. “I tell people you absolutely need the support and follow-up appointments so you can continue to succeed. Everyone here wants to see you succeed and is here for you.”

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