I want to offer a special thanks to Debbie
Holmstrom. Here is her story:
My name is Debbie Holmstrom. I am 51 years old
and I have always had a weight problem. I have known no other
I was to the point in my life that I had gone
to the doctor totally depressed about my weight and the way I was
feeling. I had begun walking with a cane, because it took every
effort to just walk across the room. I hurt all over. I always felt
bad. The doctor looked me right in the eyes and said, “You know you
probably will not live to see your 52nd birthday.” My
heart jumped into my throat. At that time I was 49. I had
tried every diet and program around with no permanent success. I
would lose 50 pounds and gain 70. Lose 100 and gain 120. Something
had to be done.
I joined a water aerobics class and overheard a
very pretty lady talking about how she had “already lost 75
pounds.” She was talking about her gastric bypass surgery. I was
curious so I asked her all about it. She said that it was the best
thing she had ever done and would do it again in a heartbeat! That
sounded like an answered prayer to me. I researched the doctor and
found that I had complete trust in him and that was all I needed.
I had my surgery on Aug. 15, 2002. I checked in
at 338 pounds. and wearing a size 30/32. I am 5’5. A year and a
half later I weighed 155 pounds and wear a size 8/10. Today, I go up
and down from 155 to 160. My husband who has always been
overweight saw what a difference in my life the surgery was making.
He saw that:
I got off of so many medicines!
I can now walk across the room or walk 3 miles at a time and
without getting out of breath!
I can fit in an airplane seat with no extensions! And I can
go to the movie theater and
sit in only one seat.
I shop in the “normal size” clothes department, although I
still grab the large sizes and have to put them back. It has taken
two years to finally see the real me in the mirror, and I love it!
I have met so many wonderful friends through the water
aerobics class and the monthly meetings my doctor provides.
I can cross my legs!
I can easily go into a bathroom stall and not have to stand
way back just to close the stall door!!!
can fit into a booth when we go out to eat!
I can go out to eat without worrying about people and kids
staring at me saying
“look at her, she’s so FAT!”
Men hold the elevator doors open for ME!
And just last week, at the “McDonald’s” the little clerk at
the counter asked if I was a model! I looked around to see who she
was talking to, and she said, “Are YOU a model?” I said “No, but you
just made me feel like a million dollars!”
My husband, Fred, decided to have the surgery.
He had his gastric bypass RNY surgery on Oct. 17, 2003. He weighed
360 pounds at the time of his surgery. He was wearing 5X clothes.
He is 5’10”. He will be 66 this year and is down to 220 pounds and
wearing “larges”! He still has some to lose yet, but he said he
feels like a new person! He looks wonderful! I am so very proud of
We will celebrate our 20th wedding
anniversary in July this year. We are planning something really
This surgery not only saved our lives, but gave
us a brand new life together, a healthy life. Would we do this
surgery again? YOU BET YOUR LIFE ON IT!
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story to share, or inspiration,
please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can
include it in future issues.