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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Weight Loss: 167 pounds
“My bariatric surgery was a life-altering event.”
Being a competitive athlete and mountain climber weren’t even on my radar screen. I had a family history of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and I had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and two degenerative discs in my lower back. I’d made a lot of bad choices and had to make a drastic change. My bariatric surgery was a life-altering event. It taught me unyielding determination. And I’ve used that lesson to not only lose the weight, but to compete in numerous marathons and triathlons, and climb Mt. Ranier and Mt. McKinley. And soon I’m going to be the first bariatric patient to climb Mt. Everest.