Sarah B.
Flight Attendant

Meet Sarah, a busy wife and mother of four who found herself at the end of her rope after steadily gaining 114 pounds over the course of 15 years. Like so many women, she struggled with her weight after having children. “After my kids were born, it was like my body rebelled against me. My hormones were so out of whack that I couldn’t lose any weight no matter what I tried. And believe me, I tried!”

After visiting several doctors and taking hormonal birth control pills for years, Sarah finally realized that the hormones were the cause of the problem. “I was an active person as a child and young adult. I was a gymnast and on the track team in high school. I enjoyed being active with my kids when they were younger. Then I started getting exercise-induced migraines – splitting headaches that would knock me out for up to three days at a time, every time I tried to work out. I fell into a vicious cycle of exercise one day, have a migraine for three days, feel lazy and tired because I couldn’t do anything, then pick myself up and try to exercise again only to start the cycle over. All the while I’m taking hormones that were supposed to make me feel better, but in actuality just made me fatter and more tired. And the worst part is, the estrogen that was contributing to the migraines is stored in fat, so the bigger I got, the worse the migraines were. Talk about adding insult to injury!”

sarah2-testOne day after a frustrating medical appointment, Sarah saw a flyer on the hospital wall for a weight loss support group. “It said something like ‘Tired of being sick and tired? Come to a bariatric support group!’ and I thought to myself, what have I got to lose? I didn’t even tell my husband I was going, I just wanted to see what it was all about.”

That’s where Sarah met Dr. Clark. “I was drawn to him right away. You can tell that he is doing what he was put on this earth to do and he is so passionate about it. He is a genuinely compassionate, tenderhearted person. He cares so deeply about his patients and making people better.”

Sarah and Dr. Clark decided that the gastric sleeve procedure was the right choice for her. “I’m not going to sugar-coat it – the first six weeks after surgery were tough. But, once you get past that, the rest is super-easy. In fact, it’s so much easier than I thought it would be!”

Now, three years after surgery, Sarah has lost 121 pounds and works her dream job as a flight attendant, something she couldn’t do before. Her migraines are virtually gone and she is a “recovering Dr. Pepper addict” who hasn’t had a soda since two days before surgery. “I just don’t crave it like I used to. My body and mind have changed and it has become so simple to make the right, healthy food choices.”

Sarah is sharing her story to help dispel the myth that bariatric surgery is for lazy people who want the easy way out. “Obese people are real people with real issues; sometimes their weight problems are rooted in a medical condition. People think that bariatric surgery is a quick-fix so you can continue to eat mashed potatoes and watch TV all day. That’s not the case. If you are serious about changing your habits and want to regain your life, then think about it. Go to a seminar. Talk with Dr. Clark. You will be so successful if you get it in your head that this is what you’re going to do.”

Sarah’s positive lifestyle changes have rubbed off on her family members, too. Her husband, who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, has lost over 100 pounds by eating better alongside Sarah and his disease is under control. Their adult daughter was so inspired by Sarah’s weight loss and fitness accomplishments that she is now participating in figure and fitness competitions.

These days when Sarah isn’t flying, you’ll likely find her hiking or spending active time with her adult children. She even started going to a personal trainer. “I’m so impressed with my own abilities now. I used to be in the mindset that I was going to fail; I’m not that person anymore. I CAN get through a 30 minute personal training session without dying. And it feels amazing!”

*Results May Vary

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