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A Gift of Health & Happiness

Danielle Bricker has struggled with weight loss most of her adult life. Like a large part of the population (and many of our patients), she tried everything. Weight Watchers, Atkins, personal trainers, Jenny Craig; anything to get and keep the weight off. Unfortunately, nothing worked. Frustrated and tired, Danielle knew she needed to make a bigger change.

In January 2017, Danielle will be turning 40. While most people don’t purchase birthday gifts for themselves, Danielle did. She gave herself the chance to have many more birthdays by having bariatric surgery at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists.


On November 14, 2016, Danielle had the gastric sleeve surgery.

As Danielle says, “Some people think this is an easy process, some even call it ‘taking the easy way out’. You tell me what is easy about YEARS of suffering? Years of being the fat girl that holds herself back because she’s scared of not fitting in the seat on an amusement park ride with her kids. Years of wondering if I will be the fattest mom on the sideline. Years of hoping no one would notice that I’m out of breath and sweating from climbing the steps of the bleachers.”


Danielle knew this wasn’t going to be easy, which is important when making this decision. She had difficult conversations with her family members and they asked her questions, which she is grateful for since they are the ones who will help keep her accountable.

Danielle also knows she is not the only one going through these experiences, both pre- and post-surgery. She has started her own blog for people to follow her weight loss journey, to discuss her trials and tribulations, to keep her accountable and to show others they are not alone and that there are options.


Danielle’s goal was to lose 50 lbs. by her birthday on January 24th. As of January 3rd, she has already lost 55 lbs.!


Happy Birthday, Danielle and thank you for choosing Iowa Weight Loss Specialists to help you live a longer, happier life! We wish you all the best!


You can follow Danielle’s blog at: www.longhardwalkdowneasystreet.wordpress.com.

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