One of the joys of my profession is celebrating weight loss success with my patients. Our annual fashion show provides an excellent forum for doing just that.
This year’s show included 36 models – all patients of Foothills Weight Loss Specialists – who had lost a total of 3,600 pounds. It was an inspiring evening. The models proudly displayed their former “fat clothes” and talked about how weight loss has impacted their lifestyles and health.
Patient Brenda Cornwell, one of our models, has lost 109 pounds since her gastric bypass in December 2005. She thanked us for helping so many people be happy and healthy.
Another model, Sara Trombley, underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in February 2008. She said, “They not only gave me back my life but gave me a life I didn’t think possible.”
The audience included the patients’ family members and friends, as well as patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and those who are considering it. The message of success reached out to everyone, and the positive energy was palpable in the air.
Since 2002 our patients have lost more than 75,000 pounds, but we know there are many more pounds to be lost. I expect – and hope – that some of the audience members will make the decision to transform their lives through the aid of bariatric surgery in 2010.