Life’s Looking Up Again
Terri Coty’s lifelong weight issue had worsened to 260 pounds. Along with it came arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression. The 58-year-old said she was on a downward spiral - until she researched weight loss surgeries and attended a Franciscan Center for Weight Management seminar.
“I tried every diet,” Terri explained. “I would reach my goal, then something in my mind would say it’s time to eat again. But after the seminar and learning about my options, I was pumped up. I thought, ‘I can do this!’”
After a brief, supervised medical weight loss plan prior to surgery, Terri had her gastric bypass in November 2011. She reached her goal weight of 143 pounds at the end of September 2012 - a loss of 117 pounds in less than a year.
Some other important numbers? Her dress and pant size dropped from a size 20 to a size 4. And her triglycerides fell from 302 to 64. But to Terri, one of her most important numbers is the circumference of her waist - because her family can now get their arms all the way around to give her hugs.
Terri can also play on the floor with her grandchildren. Her co-morbid conditions have either resolved or improved drastically - including her mood. “My energy levels are through the roof. I’d do it 10 times over again!”