Weight Loss Stories
At 229 pounds, Robyn was shutting herself off from her friends and family. She neglected her garden because it took too much energy and she didn't want her neighbors to see how big she was. "Food was more my family than my family was," Robyn says. At a routine doctor visit, tests showed that Robyn was borderline diabetic and her blood pressure was high. When she looked for weight-loss surgery information on the Internet, she was drawn to the stories of real people who said, "This works. Why aren't you doing it?" After her surgery, Robyn was surprised at how good she felt, and how little pampering she needed. "The surgery has given my life back to me," Robyn says.
Ken was limited in his job as a corrections officer by his weight. At 334 pounds, it was difficult for him to make rounds, and he couldn't be on the response team because he wasn't able to run very far. Ken disliked being placed in positions where he wouldn't be a liability. He knew that he had to make a change to advance in his career. Ken was unable to travel because of his fear of not fitting into an airplane seat. He had once enjoyed playing basketball, but at age 25 he found himself sitting on sidelines, eating a bag of chips while watching his friends and family play. When his doctor asked him if he wanted to live past the age of 40, Ken's eyes were opened and he started looking into options. After weight-loss surgery, Ken participates in a basketball league and has traveled comfortably to Atlanta in the middle seat on the plane.
Justin started gaining weight after his parents got divorced. He had high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and his friends and family were worried about him. The difficulty of doing the simplest things was depressing. One day, eating in a restaurant with his grandmother, Justin was taken aback by a man rudely staring at him. He knew he had to do something about his weight and, after attending a surgical weight-loss seminar, he knew this was what he wanted to do. His grandmother even offered to pay for the surgery. After eight months and 150 pounds lost, Justin can sleep through the night and doesn't want to stay in the house all day. "I've regained life," he says. "Now I just want to run and be free."
Maykeya used to love to skate. But at 221 pounds, she could no longer skate with her husband and children; the weight was too much for her knees. She loves shopping but was doing more of it online because she didn't want to be seen in public. Maykeya felt she was missing out on life. One day in her bathroom, she looked in the mirror and said, "Am I going to have to live the rest of my life like this? There has to be something better." That's when she started looking into weight-loss surgery. Researching doctors, she was thrilled to find Dr. Domkowski, who had saved her life in 2003 by operating on a burst appendix. Maykeya says that Dr. Domkowski has now saved her life twice. Since her weight-loss surgery, Maykeya's life is filled with more joy, happiness, and peace. She's more energetic in her job as a preschool teacher. "Now I'm the 'fun teacher,'" Maykeya says.
Les felt like he was cheating his family by not participating in family outings. At a theme park, he couldn't walk far, and at the theater he didn't fit in the seats. His doctors were amazed that, at 392 pounds, he didn't have any serious health issues, but carrying that much weight made Les feel like a ticking time bomb. Les had tried every diet, including Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and South Beach. He'd diet and lose weight, only to gain back the weight he'd lost . . . and more. "I felt like I was going backwards," Les says. While surfing the internet, Les found a weight-loss seminar taking place the very next day at Sebastian River. He attended the seminar, had the surgery, and now says that his only regret is "Why didn't I do this sooner?"