Patient Stories

Linda Marr

The Thrill of Improved Health

No matter which diet plan Linda Marr tried, the weight always came back. Linda followed the program the Memorial Bariatric Services team outlined for her, which involved undergoing bariatric surgery in August 2012 and changing her mindset about eating and exercise. Now her self-esteem is back, she's not ashamed of how she looks and she's enjoying exercising with her daughter.

"My self-esteem is back, and I'm not ashamed of how I look..."

No matter which diet plan Linda Marr tried, the weight always came back. Excess weight meant the 45-year-old took blood pressure medication and slept using a CPAP machine for ease of breathing. Worse? The thrill seeker wasn’t able to ride the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags because of weight restrictions. Something had to change, and Memorial Bariatric Services seemed like a promising strategy for success in her fight for a healthier life. “My No. 1 goal was to lose weight so I could be healthier and get my self-esteem back,” Linda said. “I also wanted to be able to go to a store and pick something off the rack that actually fit me without being in the “plus-size section.” Linda followed the program the Memorial Bariatric Services team outlined for her, which involved undergoing bariatric surgery in August 2012 and changing her mindset about eating and exercise. She also sought out counseling to help determine the reasons why she wanted to eat so much. “Learning how to eat within the guidelines, prior to the surgery, was a challenge,” she said. “Afterward, I would always order with my eyes and order way too much. I had to learn to really focus on portion sizes.” Linda lost more than 66 pounds in the year-and-a-half following her surgery and no longer relies on a CPAP machine for sleep apnea or blood pressure medication. “I’m losing weight, and I feel great,” she said. “My self-esteem is back, and I’m not ashamed of how I look. My daughter and I exercise together, and we enjoy it.” Linda also has enjoyed her improved health and fitting into cute clothes. “I think being able to promote this program—being able to be a voice to tell people about this—has been a benefit, too,” she said. “So many people have come up to me, and I love recommending the program to them.” The best part? She went back to Six Flags and tamed the Tower of Power.

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