Story of Success: Tracy








I wasn’t always overweight. As a child, I was always active and playing sports and games with all of my friends. I played on at least 2 softball teams every summer. I didn’t start to gain weight until after I had my children. I put their needs above mine to make sure they were happy and healthy. I had wanted to have gastric bypass because I had exhausted all other options. I just wasn’t losing weight. The final straw that made me go visit a gastric bypass doctor for a consultation was when I had to ask for a seat belt extension on an airplane. I was mortified and I silently cried the whole flight.

I scheduled my appointment and the doctor told me that I was the perfect candidate for weight loss surgery. She told me that other than being overweight, I was perfectly healthy! So, I had a surgery date scheduled for 26 Feb 06. The procedure I had was the Biliopancreatic Diversion w/ Duodenal Switch (BPD). My weight the day of my surgery was 301 lbs.

Within a year I had lost 170 lbs. and to this day I still weigh 137 lbs!

Life after surgery was great! I had so much energy! I’d walk 2 miles with my youngest son and then bike 4 miles with my oldest son. Spending time with them and enjoying doing the thing they enjoyed was worth having the procedure! I could do so many things that I had not been able to do before my surgery. I could ride roller coasters again, tie my shoes without having to sit down and not get winded when shopping or walking. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!

I started taking the Vita4Life vitamins and calcium immediately after my surgery at the advice of my doctor and I still take them today. I feel like they are part of my success. They keep me healthy!

Interested in sharing your story of success with the bariatric community? Please send your story to Selected stories will be added to our website and you will receive a free bottle of bariatric multivitamins! Include what your life was like before surgery, what surgery you had, what your life is like now, how Vita4Life has played a role in your life, and some before and after photos. We look forward to hearing from you!