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Patient Highlight: Terry Mahoney

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists

On April 13, 2015, Terry Mahoney made the life-changing decision to have weight loss surgery with Dr. Eibes here at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists. You might recognize her from the news special that KCCI and WHO ran about her decision.


Since her surgery, Terry has been working hard and been fully dedicated to keeping on track to reach her weight loss goals. We caught up with Terry to see how she’s doing and to see her progress.

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How has life changed post-surgery?                                                                     

I’m able to get around a lot better and I’m not as tired as I was at 643 pounds. At 550 pounds, however, I still have a long way to go and I still experience many challenges faced by overweight people. Recently, I took a trip to the East Coast and the hotel beds, bathtubs and chairs were still a struggle for me. I was able to walk around a lot more on my trip and I enjoyed the places we visited a lot more than I would have at my peak weight. 

What has been the best outcome thus far from having weight loss surgery?

I feel confident that I’m going to live a longer life. For the first time in a very long time, everything today and in my future looks brighter!

Was there anything that surprised you post-surgery? Any challenges or breakthroughs?

Before the surgery I ate to be happy and to comfort myself. Now when I eat it’s to keep the weight-loss process moving along as well as to be healthy.

How are your friends and family reacting? 

People are all very happy for me! When they hear about the weight I’ve lost and see how much easier I’m able to get around, they are thrilled. They are happy that I’m going to live a longer and healthier life.

What are you most looking forward to in the next few months?

Driving a car! I can’t wait to be able to get in and out of a vehicle on my own.

What would you tell someone considering weight loss surgery?

Do it! It will change your life as well as the lives of people around you!


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