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Meet JoAnn Hussey, FirstHealth Bariatric patient

JoAnn received the gastric sleeve less than two years ago from FirstHealth.
Hear her story here:

JoAnn Hussey - Before JoAnn Hussey - After

Jackie Welder
Jackie Welder felt that gastric sleeve was the best surgical weight-loss option for her. She says being morbidly obese has to be one of the worst feelings in the world and that bariatric surgery was her lifesaver. Jackie recalls sitting on the sidelines and watching her family enjoy various activities. Now she can take part in these activities, too. She enjoys running and plans to participate in an upcoming marathon and go with her family to Carowinds. She says her family is extremely supportive of her weight-loss lifestyle and has even incorporated her new diet into their own lives.

Brittany Creese
Just three months ago, Brittany had gastric sleeve surgery and has already lost 60 pounds.  A 24-year old emergency room nurse with polycystic ovarian syndrome, Brittany had a hard losing weight because of the disease. In addition she was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. Today, Brittany no longer has diabetes (she came off her diabetes medicine the day of surgery), her blood pressure is down and she has a whole new outlook on life.  Her primary care physician is extremely happy with her results and continued progress. Brittany has made plans to go sky diving this summer and recently ran her first 5K. 

Juanita Arnold
Juanita was 50 years old with chronic asthma. She weighed 350 pounds with a BMI of 52 and was border line for high blood pressure. Her doctor told her she needed to make a change in her life. So she had weight-loss surgery.  Today, she has lost 150 pounds and her BMI is around 29. She has not used her inhaler for her asthma or had a breathing treatment in three years. Her labs are completely normal; her doctor told her that her cholesterol is better than it was when she was 20. She now walks at least five miles a day and recently started weight training.

Linda Beck
Before surgery Linda was tired all of the time, she couldn't walk up stairs without being winded. And most importantly she longed to do things with her daughter but she just didn't have the energy. She decided it was time for a change. Today she has a new lease on life. She can now do any and everything that she thought was impossible!

Nicole Trembley
After being overweight for all of her adult life, Nicole had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery. At the age of 30, with a BMI of 64, she decided it was time for permanent lifestyle changes. Today, Nicole has shed 220+ pounds and is living life. She now shares experiences with her husband and children that were not feasible when she was morbidly obese.  Her permanent lifestyle changes have had a ripple effect on those around her, including her family and friends.

Curt Shelvey
After being overweight for more than 30 years, Curt had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery. At the age of 44he was taking daily medications for sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure – it was time for life change..

Today, Curt has a body mass index (BMI) of 25 and is loving life. He is able to share experiences with his wife and daughter that he missed when he was morbidly obese. He no longer has sleep apnea and has been medication-free for two years.

Annie Faulk
In September 2005 Annie was ready for a better quality of life. Having the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery gave her that chance.

Today, Annie is able to do things she never thought possible -- simple things like taking a long walk. Now she enjoys the serenity of her daily walks.

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