Jacquelyn Roberson

My name is Jacquelyn Roberson after losing my dad in 2007 and in 2015 I quit smoking, I have always been over weight but I was pushing 280lbs. I spoke to my health care provider and he referred me for weight loss surgery. My mom was against surgery fearful that […]

“Momma” Sherri Scarborough

I was sleeved 11/18/2015. I had been denied or bariatrics was excluded for several years prior to surgery.  My obesity started at a young age.  Vivid memory: I remember visiting my grandmother and my aunt, who lived next door, chasing me with a measuring tape. I was devastated and cried […]

Amanda Stottlemire

We all start our journeys at different places, I started mine at a very early age. I’ve always been the biggest in the room and even 170 lbs later, I still feel the same way. About 5 years ago I started to realize that the cycle of diets, starvation and […]

Jayme Allen

I’ve shared my story before with everyone but for the newbies. Here it goes. When I was 5 years old I had a knot show up on my right shoulder that was malignant melanoma. They removed it and after I started gaining weight But ever since I was in 6th […]

Kathy Henry

I’ve been overweight my entire life. Diets? I’ve tried them all. On July 2013, I broke my back. I under went a L5-S1 fusion, while in surgery the paddle blade broke and Dr couldn’t retrieve it without potentially paralyzing me. I still carry around the blade just inches from my […]

Elaine “Laney” Key

My story starts at about age 9 when I hit puberty and my brother in law touched me inappropriately..from there at age 12 my other brother in law touched me inappropriately many times..My Mom married his Dad. Later he became abusive to my mom plus I figured out he was […]

Sheri Linsky

May of 2015 I was having chest pain and heart palpitations and had been having them consistently for about 6 months at that point. I pretty much knew I was in aFib and ignored it mostly because I was scared and I knew the answer would be ‘Oh well, you’re […]

Harl Davidson

  Jump in, sit down, BUCKLE UP! The story of my life and BWL surgery get pretty bumpy at times! Hoping to encourage, inspire, and give hope to all, that seek this journey, to a healthier you, and better quality of life! Here goes! I’ve always battled the bulge, on […]

“Momma” Dee Godair

  I have been overweight my whole life…I can remember as early as the age of 10 being put on a diet because I was getting too big!! Going to visit my grandma in another state and she put me on a special diet while all the other grandkids got […]

Sunshine Thomas

Hello family! I am Sunshine Thomas from Woodstock, Georgia. My journey started after I went through my divorce of a 21-year marriage. I decided that my health was the most important thing in my life if I were to be alive to be here for my two teenage children. I […]

Gina Kowalski

  Hello Ohana! My name is Gina, I am 28 years old and I have struggled with weight since I was 7 years old. I was chubby and unathletic most of my childhood, and I remember in middle school finding a running buddy in gym class and when another kid […]

Margaret Nuspliger Mueller

“A Sister, A friend, and one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever meet” — Cassandra Crawford I found this family after surgery, and have never felt so at home with complete strangers. A little about myself. I have ALWAYS been fat. I started gaining weight at around 5 […]