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Melissa's Story


“After I had my first child, I began to put on weight. Then depression hit and I became an emotional eater. After my second child, I put on 60 pounds. I think once you just start to eat like that you get used to it. I reached 307 pounds when I realized this was out of control.

The defining moment was when my family and I went to a local amusement park. Our family was all together and getting on a ride. When they went to latch us in, they couldn’t do it because of me. They had to put me in another seat—one of the two seats for ‘large’ people—with another family. It was so embarrassing.

That night, I went home and told my husband ‘no more.’ I talked with my doctor about bariatric surgery. I’ve lost 156 pounds. My plantar fascitis is gone. My joints no longer ache. I can do steps—and I even ride 15 to 20 miles a week on my bike. I can keep up with my kids. I know I’ll be here for them in the future. The surgery gave me my life back.”