Success Stories Take a look at some of our patients' stories, and how they have made the committment to living a healthier life. Betty Jean Adams Pounds Lost: 230 "I'm in better physical shape at 52 than I was at 11." Arthur Bush Pounds Lost: 268 "I started at 543 pounds, watched what I ate and went down to 428 pounds in eight months. Since my surgery I am now down to 275 pounds." Twila Cartmell Pounds lost: 120 pounds Twila lost 120 pounds through gastric sleeve surgery and couldn't be more thrilled. "I have had no complications, and I no longer have to take blood pressure medicine, cholesterol medicine or gastric reflux medicine," she said. "I elected to have gastric sleeve surgery, and it was the best decision I ever made for myself.... We are now blessed with three grandchildren... I can babysit, go to the zoo and not have to stop every few minutes to rest. I can get up from the floor without assistance. I take the stairs now and honestly my family says they can't keep up with me. This surgery and the subsequent weight loss have given me my life back. I am forever thankful I made this decision!" Angela Conley Pounds Lost: 130 "Losing 130 lbs. has set me free. I could not walk short distances before surgery. Now, I enjoy walking and I've bought a puppy to keep me walking as I go through the next phase of my weight loss." Gary Conley Pounds Lost: 140 "I decided to have surgical weight loss surgery because I was miserable, and I realized if I didn’t, I wasn’t going to see my sons grow up." Amy Cook Pounds Lost: 123 "I not only eat healthier, I am healthier and I feel fantastic. I know I made the right decision for myself." Debbie Crabtree Pounds Lost: 182 "My highest weight was 487 lbs. I had so much medically wrong. Although I have a long way to go, I am so excited!" Lara Garland Pounds Lost: 122 "I had been overweight my entire life and needed a change. I didn't want my kids to struggle with food the way I always had. Now we all live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Bariatric surgery gave me the life I had always wanted!" Charlotte Herring Pounds Lost: 100 "What a difference a year makes. Losing 100 lbs. this past year has allowed me to eliminate nearly 20 medications from my daily routine. And I feel so much better about myself." Brenda Roberts Pounds Lost: 146 I started my journey in August 2015, with my gastric sleeve surgery in October 2015. I have lost 146 lbs. so far and now have a different outlook on life. I now exercise at least five days a week and have changed my whole way of viewing food. I use to live to eat but now I have the mindset of eating to live. The nutrients that my body needs, defines the choices of foods that I make now. I have a lot more energy to do things that I love to do. I was able to go off all of the medications that I was taking before surgery. Courtney Ryan Pounds Lost: 68 "I've been heavy all my life. I had tried all the diet programs. I did not like myself." Donna Thompson Pounds Lost: 105 "Having this surgery has given me help I needed to be successful after a life long struggle with weight. I have lost 105 pounds and feel wonderful. I am happy, healthy, and loving life." Gloria Unrue Pounds Lost: 175 "The weight loss center has been wonderful in helping learn to eat right."