Patient Stories: Tammy and Joe

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Tammy and Joe, Bariatric Surgery patients

I always knew I had a weight problem. When my husband Joe and I met, I was a size 12. But over the years of being comfortable around each other and eating out, we both put on weight. I weighed close to 250 pounds and Joe topped out at almost 350 pounds. It was then I realized I really was morbidly obese.Tammy, Bariatric Surgery patient

We discussed gastric bypass surgery often, and I didn’t think it was a good solution. But after Joe’s mother had gastric bypass, I begin to see how much of her life she had gotten back. It motivated Joe and me to look into gastric bypass surgery at Park Nicollet.

After just one information session, we were determined to live healthier and happier lives. On July 17, I had my surgery and three weeks later, Joe, Bariatric Surgery patientJoe had his. We’ve learned so much from each other through our journey together. We learned how to eat healthy and exercise. We communicate more and support each other fully. Since surgery, I am down to 138 pounds, and Joe is down to 158 pounds. I’m so happy that we have our lives back, it’s the greatest feeling in the world to do what we want to do.

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