Heather’s Story

 “…I have lost 110lbs since surgery. I am healthy and happy and have gone from a size 28 to a size 10/12. I was off blood pressure meds in just 4 weeks!”

Patient Heather Before Surgery
*Results may vary, Heather R., Salem, OR.

As a child I wasn’t really heavy, it was always lose 10 pounds and you’ll be ok. That coupled with merciless teasing from kids on the playground definitely didn’t make life any easier. The older I got, I was getting heavier.

I tried everything wrong to lose weight, fad diets, crash diets, skipping meals, just plain unhealthy.

I got tired of the half compliments; “Oh you’re pretty for a big girl” or “You’d be so beautiful if you just lost some weight.” I finally reached a point where I felt I just didn’t care anymore, but in reality I did.

Even when I smiled on the outside, no one knew how I felt on the inside. My nickname is Mz.Fabulous, but I sure didn’t feel that way.

I attended 3 seminars given by OWLS and back pedaled each time. In 2013, I met my amazing friend Rasha. She was undergoing Sleeve Gastrectomy, which I had no idea it was a surgical option. I watched her story unfold and I made a decision it took me 10 years to make. I took control and made the choice to get healthy!

I had my first appointment with OWLS in March 2014, I was very pleased at how caring, compassionate and thorough they are! They prepare you for a complete lifestyle change! They taught me that the Gastric Sleeve is a tool you utilize to get healthy; the work is up to you! I had Gastric Sleeve surgery on 4/28/14 and I have never been happier. I have lost 140lbs since January 2014 at my highest weight, and I have lost 110lbs since surgery. I am healthy and happy and have gone from a size 28 to a size 10/12. I was off blood pressure meds in just 4 weeks!

Patient Heather After Surgery
*Results may vary, Heather R., Salem, OR.

I eat right and have been able to recreate healthy versions of the recipes I love. I hit the gym 4 days a week and I am amazed at all the energy I have! I am a much more active person now. I have no regrets and cannot thank Dr.Patterson, Jason and the rest of the OWLS team enough for giving me my life and health back!

Update Aug. 2015.

“I feel more positive, happy and alive than I ever have. My current weight is 180lbs, which is down a total of 160lbs from my highest weight. I am now a size 10 in pants, down from a size 26/28 and a size M/L in shirts, down from 3-4x. My sleep quality has improved tremendously, and I feel so much more energized. I participate in several Gastric Sleeve online support groups and have shared many of my healthy recipes with other patients. The recipes that I have created are so good that even my 16 year old eats whatever I make. OWLS has posted some of my recipes on their website as well as on their Facebook page. I am so excited to continue on this journey, and let others know that surgery is a tool to help you change your life.”

* Please note – Results and individual symptoms may vary.

*Results may vary, Heather R., Salem, OR.