Carla Gold lost 110 pounds
My overall health wasn't too bad, but I was tired all the time. I always felt like people were noticing that I was the heaviest person in the room. Self-consciousness about my weight kept me from getting out and trying new things.
Around the same time, my daughter was about to start school. I remembered defending my own mom when kids called her names. I didn't want my daughter to be put in that situation.
Now I can do just about anything.
I'd thought about weight loss surgery on and off for a couple of years. Then I ran into someone who'd had surgery at John Muir Health. I talked to the program coordinator, who gave me all the information I needed to make the best decision for me.
I've received so much support. Even now, I can just shoot the program coordinator an email if I have a question. A lot of food doesn't agree with me, and eating the right things can be a real challenge, but the monthly support group helps me stay focused on what I should be doing.
Having the surgery at John Muir Health was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Now I can do just about anything. I no longer feel like everybody's staring at me. I'm not afraid to try new things, and I have no regrets.