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Alesha Cook – Inspirational Story


Hello! My name is Alesha and I’m 23 years old. I grew up in Dallas, Texas currently in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a child I was always chubby and bigger than the other children so that was always hard on me. By the time I was in 10th grade I was up to 275 lbs. That same year on April 23, 2010, my mother was killed in a tragic car accident. She was overweight as well and was struggling from diabetes, heart problems, etc. She was driving to Oklahoma to attend her own fathers funeral when she had a silent heart attack and her car swerved over into the other lane of oncoming traffic (there was no median). She hit a truck head on and was killed instantly. That was the day my life changed for the worst. I ate and ate to grieve. I got up to 387 lbs over the next 5 years. I could no longer grocery shop, tie my shoes, and everything always made my back hurt. I was pre diabetic and on blood pressure medications. My weight and health was spiraling out of control. I tried every single diet in the book to lose weight and nothing was working. Then, I found a diet that worked for me and I lost 50 lbs, but shortly after I gain that back plus more. My uncle had WLS and was telling me about his experience and all of the positive benefits so I was strongly considering it. I finally decided that would be the only way to save myself. I had VSG on 5/15/17 and I’m down 106 lbs. I’m able to walk around the grocery store, I’m no longer on blood pressure medication, and I’m no longer a pre diabetic in my 20’s. My confidence and self esteem is getting better with each passing day. I’m so excited to see where this journey continues to take me! Thanks for listening and I wish everyone good luck on their journey!

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Trina Johnson – Inspirational Story

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Before my surgery I weighed 317 lbs. I always fell an had health problems an talked to my family doctor about lot of stuff that was happening to me an they came up with me having the roux-en-Y surgery. An before Surgery i could eat anything but after surgery you have to eat certain foods and flow a chart of stuff that they give you. An before I had my surgery you also have to have classes an make a amount of weight you would like to loose or what they think is best for you. An have to eat certain foods for 6 months I think before you go have your surgery an after surgery they give you liquid stuff for a few weeks an stuff an they have you up walking after surgery.. an every since I’ve had it I’ve been having this puking where I can’t keep anything down an I’m 9 months out an had my surgery December 5, 2016 an I weigh 188.2 lbs an haven’t lost weigh by a good way but only because I have puked more than I was supposed to that’s why I have lot more weigh the unhealthy way instead of losing it the right way. My challenges are to loss weigh as best as I can an was to exercise but I haven’t been able to do that because I’ve been puking lot an haven’t felt good or anything.. an my success are to hopefully feel better an to get to do lot more an to work out an to work on losing that extra skin an to get to my goal weight that I have set.. my highs would be I felt lot better before my surgery by the none puking an can eat what I’m aloud to an what I’m not to eat is alright. An my lows would be hopefully to get all of this surgery I have coming up an having good results on it an hopefully it all comes out good an my bad lows would be this surgery is a good one but it doesn’t fit everyone or they don’t come out with the same effect an different experiences from the surgery.. before my surgery I wouldn’t play or do anything really but I’m glad I had it for the sake of my health an for my grandkids an to do lot more with the family an to better my health life an to try to be more fit..


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Jackie Dufalla – Inspirational Story


So here is my story
My name is Jackie, I have been struggling with my weight as long as I can remember. When I was in high school I got myself down to 119lbs but did not do it in such a smart way. Starting my senior year the weight kept creeping up. I didn’t think much of it at the time. But it just kept going up.

I got married to my best friend when I was 24 (still married to him my biggest supporter and best friend) and I honestly didn’t think I was as big as I was until I tried on dresses and they ordered me a size 20 I was humiliated. So the following year my sister got married On The beach and I was determined to loose weight, I got a trainer went 5 days a week to the gym but the weight did not move. I did get stronger but I still was not happy.

Fast forward 2 years and I got pregnant with my first son and found out I was gestational diabetic I was in tears. I got to my highest weight while I was pregnant 250lbs. I didn’t even want my husband to hear me say that weight when we went in to have my son.😕 I remember taking my son to the zoo for the first time and hearing a little boy ask his mom why my belly was so big, I honestly felt like I could crawl in a hole and never come out.

Well 2 years after my son was born I found out I had a really bad herniated disc and needed surgery right away. While I was in the process of recuperating I found out I was full fledge diabetic. I tried very hard to keep it under control but I still could not loose much weight. I got myself down to 190lbs but guess what it all came back.

Once I had my second son I decided I needed to do something about my weight so I decided to look into wls and honestly was very scared what they would say. Everyone was super nice and my surgeon steered me in the direction of RNY. I was hesitant but I kept going to at least see if I qualify. Well I did and I had RNY 7/3/2017 and honestly it has been the best decision of my life. I did not drop weight fast I am only 3 1/2 months out and only lost 40 lbs but that is 40lbs I could not do on my own. It is still very hard for me to pick the right choice when I eat but I try my hardest. I may not be the ideal patient but I am finding what is working for me and loving my new life. I have more energy and not afraid to wear nice clothes. Thank you for listening.

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Brandy Sydow – Inspirational Story


My life started out like everyone else for the most part. I grew up in south Florida living either in the swimming pool or the ocean. my weekends were spent at the horse barn ridding. my parents split when I was 3 or 4 and my mom was left a single parent for the most part with my sister and I spending every other weekend at my fathers. the divorce was painful for them but worse for my sister and I. We were forced to have to listen to both of our parents speak ill of the other. When I was 9 my mom met a man and moved him into our condo. Almost as soon as he moved in he began sexually abusing me. It went on for years. My mom drank a lot and for the most part his abuse went unnoticed. For the most part… she later has admitted that she had vague thoughts about my relationship with this man including speaking to her closest friends about it. AT one point I told her but she had spent the day drinking and doesn’t remember. I was 14 before she asked him to move out by then almost 6 years had gone by and the damage was done. I saw myself only as a sexual being from the point on and I began abusing my body with drinking, drugs and boys. eventually I found my way into the military and later as a cruelty investigator for several different police dept.

I got married and had a beautiful son then got divorced. Around 10 years ago I met my now husband. he saved me in many ways. At this point I was still the piller of health. 5’4″ 125 ish. then my depression stepped in changing my life. the drinking started back and the eating turned from eating for survival to eating to cope, my once near perfect body was changing and I didn’t seem to care. I had spent years on and off in therapy working through so much to have it all come back. I continued to work doing cruelty investigator stuff which only added to the problem. I handled some of the worse cases( many made national news) my specialty was blood sports. during this time I gained about 100lbs. the stress of my past and my job were haunting me. eventually they would kill me if I allowed it. my health was horrible. diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc… One night I woke up and couldn’t sleep so I began researching wls. I went to the next seminar and made the decision to take back my life. on March 22 of this year I had rny bypass. My husband ,son and my sister are my biggest supporters along with this group of course. I have gone from 225 to 151. I am off all my meds including my anti depressants and I feel wonderful. My relationships with some people of changed but I’m ok with that. I have my sister my husband and my so. sorry my story is so long thanks for listening.

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Tina Lynn – Inspirational Story

I have always struggled with my weight. Weighing 245 at my Highest I was always on yo yo diets. Finally loosing about 50 lbs I was at a good place got pregnant and gained 30lbs and ended up loosing my baby.. got pregnant again 5 months later and gained 22lbs … the weight wouldn’t come off … having a divorce and working taking care of my daughter and dealing with a lot of stress … I ended up with high blood pressure and I was border line diabetic .. I knew this wasn’t the example I wanted to show my daughter. I ended up talking to a friend of mine who had he surgery and I went to the seminar .. I didn’t start my process until January .. and at first I didn’t know if I really wanted to go through with it .. but I knew I needed too. I had the surgery 5/23/17 I was 237lbs and I was ready for a new me. Now I’m 169lbs and I feel better than ever .. I am so grateful for my tool and I wouldn’t trade it for anything