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Johns Hopkins Health - Twice as Nice

Winter 2009
Issue No. 3

Twice as Nice

Date: January 24, 2009

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Robin Sutton explains the bariatric surgery journey she and husband Scott took together

It started with Scott.

By age 35, he was 370 pounds with a 52-inch waist. His blood pressure was high and sometimes he could barely walk because of back pain.

I thought he was going to die. We had two young sons, and I didn’t want to raise the kids on my own.

Something had to change.

We came to Johns Hopkins bariatric surgeon Michael Schweitzer, M.D., by way of our family doctor. The result of the surgery was amazing, and within months Scott had lost more than 130 pounds and was easily running around after our kids.

Meanwhile, I had my own weight issues. For more than 10 years, I’d tried the traditional way of losing it—I’d crept up to 255 pounds and nothing was working. I started having knee and back pain, and then heart palpitations—and then I became depressed. I felt as if I was going downhill fast.

When I saw how successful Scott’s procedure had been, and how healthy he was becoming, I decided to pursue bariatric surgery myself. Within a year, I’d dropped 100 pounds.

It’s been four years since Scott’s surgery and three years since mine, and we’ve kept the weight off.

But for both of us, it was so much more than just losing weight. It was about regaining our freedom and our lives. We have so much energy and our habits are healthier, and we’re passing that along to our children.

It’s also a story about our marriage. We were so burdened with discomfort and lack of self-esteem that it was hard to enjoy our relationship.

We’ve been married for 21 years, and today we’ve never been happier. We’re so lucky to have experienced this journey together.

Mind | When excess weight limits your activity and affects your overall general health, it affects how you feel about yourself, too. And that can lead to depression.

Heart | Once the Suttons lost their weight, they were able to become and stay more active, which improved their heart health.

Joints | Back and knee pain can be intense for people who are overweight or obese. That can lead to injury and, worse, a further reduction in regular physical activity.

Learn more about bariatric surgery and get information about free, ongoing seminars at Johns Hopkins Bayview Bariatrics, or call 877-546-1872.

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