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Patients share weight loss surgery success stories

Patients share weight loss surgery success stories

Lots of people lose weight to look better, but a group of people who had weight-loss surgery would say you don't just look better, you feel better, and your health can be dramatically improved.

Today, you could fit two Chontel Baillies into one of her old pairs of pants. But for Chontel, Jennifer Campbell, and Ty Williams, the outside changes don't begin to touch what's happening inside.

Baillie remembered when she weighed more than 385 pounds, saying, "I was killing myself, I was killing myself slowly."

By the time they came to the Baptist Weight Loss Center, each had life-threatening high blood pressure, and a host of other problems related to their weight. Experts said those problems can include migraines, depression, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension and much more.

Weight loss surgery is a commitment, requiring dramatic lifelong changes to your eating habits. Chontel's motivation was a cornea transplant after a genetic disease took away her vision.

She said, "I'm a faith-based person, and I prayed on it, and I was like if I was given the opportunity to get my vision back and put in this body, I need to take care of this body."

Now all three have a deeper appreciation of their bodies and health.

Jennifer Campbell said, "I have a lot of energy, I love to get up and go in the mornings, it takes all I can do. I don't like to sit around and watch TV or that kind of thing."

None of them have to take prescription meds anymore - no blood pressure drugs or cholesterol drugs. They take supplements, eat healthy, and plan on living longer, fuller lives.

Ty Williams said, "At work, it's just amazing the confidence of the energy I bring to the team, at the store. They love the high-fives, they love like 'hey, hi, what's going on with life?' and I'm not sitting in an office because I don't feel good or I'm overweight, I'm out just impacting their lives."