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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
Next week is Thanksgiving. I have many things in my life to be
thankful for. They include my family – my loving and supportive
husband, my daughter who I love so much that she takes my breath
away, my 91-year old mother who inspires me daily, my sister and
the rest of my family. I am so fortunate.
I am also very grateful for all of you. I
often refer to you as 10,000 of my best friends. You email me and
share so much of yourselves. And best of all, I get to meet many
of you as I travel around the country speaking, and get to know
many of you very well through my
Many write to me and say that I inspire
them. Well, you also inspire me with
your courage to have surgery and to face the tremendous change
that we have all gone through. Next Thursday I will think of all
of my friends. Happy Thanksgiving.
In This Issue
* Oh my Aching Back Responses
* Back on Track
* Research Article: Body Contouring
* Finding the Thin Person
* Recipe: Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Success Story: Anne Warner
* Spreading the Word in Orange, CA
From the Last Newsletter
In my November 1st newsletter,
http://www.wlscenter.com/NLArchive/nov_1_2006.htm I featured
an article, “Oh my Aching Back: Back Problems Following Weight
Loss Surgery,” and asked those who were having this problem to
respond. I received a lot of response which
you can read on the linked page.
I do want to relate my own experience with back pain. The
herniated disk in my back is what prompted me more than anything
to have weight loss surgery. Although back pain is not life-threatening, mine certainly was life-limiting.
Carrying an extra 125 pounds put added pressure on my
herniated disk. The pain was often so bad that I could not walk
or stand for any length of time. I still remember the look on
my daughter’s face when we went to Disney World and my husband
pushed me around in a wheel chair. She was embarrassed, ashamed
of being embarrassed and frightened to realize that her Mom was
I had hoped that after my surgery, my back would be so much
better. It certainly improved, but I did not have the dramatic
recovery that I had hoped for. But I began to notice something.
I noticed that because my back felt somewhat better, I was able
to move more and exercise more. And as the years passed (it has
been almost seven years since my surgery), my back continued to
It has been a very gradual process of healing and
strengthening. Every year my back gets better and, as it heals, I
become more active. So if you have had surgery and you are still
feeling pain or have started having pain that you never had
before, don’t give up hope. It may be that the many years of
carrying so much weight has caused your spine to degenerate and
you will have a more difficult time, or it could be that like me
you will gradually heal.
to read the many responses that I have received about this
It's Time to get Back On Track
you’re not happy with your weight loss,
then join the
Back on Track with Barbara Internet Mentoring
Back On Track with Barbara is a 6-month
membership program that provides an
internet mentorship for those
who are struggling with weight regain after weight loss
surgery. It also benefits those who have never reached their
goal weight after surgery
Here is a recent
comment from a new member:
“I sure wish I had come here when my eating started slipping.
But we are all on our own journeys--even though we have so much
in common. I highly recommend listening to some of the audio
seminars. I just joined last week and already I have a ray of
hope I haven't had in quite some time.”
information or to join the Program, go
Facts About Body-Contouring Surgery
When you lose 100 pounds or more, what
happens to the extra skin? For many, the answer lies in
All of the excess skin that remains
following a massive weight loss can leave many of us feeling
like deflated balloons. The results might be less than
satisfying if we know that under all of that hanging skin is the
body of our dreams. To remedy this, many have turned to body
contouring as this Web MD article discusses:
Dr. Rubin who is featured
in this article did a teleseminar with me called:
Plastic Surgery; The Inevitable
Click here to find out
more and to hear of preview of the CD
Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Here is a great party appetizer recipe that you can enjoy right
along with your guests.
Artichoke and Spinach Dip
15-to16-oz can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
4 medium green onions (green and white parts, chopped)
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
14-oz can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained or
package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and drained
10-oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt or fat-free or light sour cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a food processor or blender, process the beans, green onions,
and garlic until smooth, scraping the sides several times. Add the
remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
Transfer the dip to a container with a tight-fitting lid.
Refrigerate for 2 hours to 4 days before serving.
Per 2 Tablespoon serving:
25 Calories; 5 Carbs; 2 grams of Protein
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues
of this newsletter, please send it to me
I want to offer a special thanks to Anne Warner. Here is her
My name is Anne Warner and I have been the co-moderator
of the WLS Ashtabula Support Group in Ashtabula, Ohio for the last 4
years. I assumed this position when the founder could no longer
lead the group. I started attending this support group 6 months
before my weight loss surgery. I was very scared and this group
helped to give me the courage to go through with the surgery.
I had open RNY surgery at the Cleveland Center for Bariatric
Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Schreiber performed the surgery on
October 14th, 2002. I stared at a top weight of 320 pounds.
I had no complications and 18 months later I had lost 160 pounds,
which was half of my total weight. I was very careful to follow all
In March of 2004 I had an extended tummy tuck and an upper arm
reduction with a few minor problems with healing but nothing that
couldn’t be handled. I had my thigh reduction in January, of 2006. That
was the hardest surgery of them all. Hopefully this will be the
last surgery for me.
Bariatric surgery has given me my life, health and happiness. I
can do things now that I couldn’t do since high school. My husband
is my best friend and my main support. Together we now walk and
ride bikes for miles. We go to parks and beaches, we enjoy life
together. Before surgery I was a very bad diabetic, a severe
asthmatic and generally hurt all over. Now I am still a diabetic
but in much better control with much less medication. My asthma is
gone and I feel great!
Through all this I have continued my service as co-moderator,
secretary, and treasurer of the WLS Ashtabula Support Group. I do
this for two reasons.
1) It helps me to stay on track and be honest with myself. I
believe in leading by example. How can I tell people that something
is good for them if I don’t follow it myself?? It also helps me to
keep current on all the new findings and changes being made in the
2) I want to help others the way people helped me those 6 months
before my surgery. I learned so much and was so supported by them.
That is what convinced me that I could actually have this surgery
and be successful with it. I was so scared and those people were
there for me. I want to be there for those people that come after
Too often I find that patients are not given enough information
or actually the wrong information to be able to live the remainder
of their lives as successful bariatric people. I believe that
knowledge is power. The right knowledge in bariatrics can give you
the power to control your weight the rest of your life using your
tool properly. This surgery gives us a tool to work with if we know
how to use it. This is not just an 18-month commitment, it’s a
lifetime commitment. I hope to help people for as long as I can
with currant education and plenty of support.
If you have a success story to share along with before
and after pictures, please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in
Spreading the Word in Orange,
Start the holidays off right! If you live
near Orange, CA come join me just before Thanksgiving. Here
are the details:
I will be speaking for Dr. Ninh Nguyen
When: Tuesday November 21st, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: University of California, Irvine
101 The City Drive
Building 53 Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Please Note: I am asked very often about
coming to speak for various practices. If you would like me to
speak, I am sponsored to speak by either the Hospital or by a
corporation. Call me for details 877-440-1518.
If you are a nurse and would like for me to
speak on positive patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, or
obesity sensitivity for your State Nurses Association, please
have the conference planner for your State Association contact
me. I have a corporate sponsor who will pay my fee and expenses
so it is free for your Association. I also speak for many
hospitals on the same topics.
Contact me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com or 412-851-4195.
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