Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery Success Story – Wendy Goings

Highlight: My attitude has changed toward life. I’m not looking at a headstone in my near future.”

Wendy Goings has struggled with her weight since she was a child. When she was 7-years-old, her doctors told her she was overweight. In high school, she weighed more than 200 pounds. By the time she was in her late 30s, her weight soared to the highest it had ever been: 410 pounds. It was then that Wendy thought she was headed to an early death.

I didn’t want to die. I lost my mother and I was depressed. My weight had gone way up and I knew my mom wouldn’t have wanted me to live like this. She’d want me to live to the fullest.”

After watching a close friend go through bariatric surgery, Wendy decided to attend an information session. She immediately felt comfortable with the WVU Bariatrics team and soon after the session, she made the decision to proceed with the bariatric surgery process.

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We met once a month for nutritional classes and to learn about what we were going to be going through, how it was going to affect us, what to expect afterwards, and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle pre-op and post-op. By the time I got to the surgery, I felt quite prepared and I knew what I was getting into.”

Since the surgery, Wendy has lost 140 pounds. In just one year, she is down to 270 pounds and has more energy and confidence than ever before.

It’s great to be able to sit in a chair and not have to wonder if my keister is going to fit. I went on a trip to Vegas and I was so comfortable on an airplane. Things are just so much better on this side of the procedure.”

Not only is Wendy making healthier choices when it comes to food, she’s also exercising regularly. She lifts weights, walks on the treadmill, and goes on bike rides when the weather is nice. Wendy says she plans on being around for a long time and is looking forward to spending time with her loved ones and enjoying life to the fullest.

I’ve had a huge life change. I feel so much better. My attitude has changed toward life. I’m not looking at a headstone in my near future.”

 

 

Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery Success Story – Wendy Goings