Family health led patient to her weight loss journey

Kim focuses on what she CAN do now, not on the scale.

Kim had bariatric surgery a little over a year ago and has made great changes to improve her life and be the healthy mom, wife, daughter and friend she needed to be. Read her story below.

1) What moment made you finally decide to have surgery?

I had been thinking about it for a few years. In December 2012 my mom passed away after a battle with lung cancer. I am an only child and this meant that now I was the only family that my dad had. I needed to make sure that I was healthy to be around for him. Also, my children are getting older and I want to see the results of all of the hard work and effort that we have poured into them during their upbringing.

2) How has your quality of life changed?

My quality of life has changed so much and in every aspect. I am more involved with the fun things with my kids. I taught five year olds in Vacation Bible School this summer and now I am teaching the kindergarten Sunday School class. I got a bike for my birthday and I am enjoying a new form of exercise. I am looking forward to going on my first flight since surgery soon and I won't have to deal with all of the anxiety that used to bring.

3) What is your advice to those who are struggling with their weight?

My advice is to make a list of the things that you want to be able to do that you can't currently do. Then concentrate on getting to do everything on that list. Don't concentrate on the clothing size or the number on the scale--concentrate on what you can do.