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Angela Carter

Surgery Date:  June 26, 2016
Starting Weight:  256 lbs.
Current Weight:  155 lbs.

What made you decide to have weight loss surgery?  At just 39, a single mom of 2, I was taking 3 different meds for diabetes that was still out of control combined with high blood pressure and cholesterol. I did not want my kids to not have a mom, and I wanted to LIVE, not just exist!

How long did it take for you to decide to have weight loss surgery?  I thought about it for years, but once I attended Dr Eibes informational meeting, it was a matter of weeks and I was approved.

Did anyone either encourage or discourage you from having surgery?  Yes, my parents were not supportive, because they were afraid of surgery. However, I had made the decision to do this for me, and while they voiced their concerns, I did not let it stop me, because I knew without this surgery I was dying anyway. Just slower.

What do you wish you'd known before the surgery?  That your mental health needs nurtured after weight loss surgery just as much as your physical health. Maybe more.

What things are you able to do now that may have been difficult or impossible before surgery?  Exercise without feeling like a failure! I can run!

Which conditions or diseases have you seen decrease or disappear since your surgery?  All of them! I’m no longer diabetic, or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol!

How has surgery altered your outlook on life, your emotions, and/or relationships?  I don’t stand on the side lines anymore - I live! If I want to try something, I do it. I don’t sit back and think of all the ways my weight will hinder me. I see all the possibilities rather than all the challenges!

Why did you decide to have surgery with Dr. Eibes?  Because he provided statistics at his meeting and took the time to host the meeting.

What would you say about Dr. Eibes and his team?  They are wonderful! I couldn’t ask for a better team to care for me!

What would you tell someone who is considering weight loss surgery?  Go see Iowa Weight Loss and gather your information! Make an informed decision. Don’t let the fear hold you back!

Is there any additional information you would like to share?  I am so thankful for this journey and to have been able to share it with such an amazing team at IWLS! Thank you for helping me
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