MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Making a big change in your life like experiencing major weight loss can lead to new things for you. Jamie Hooker and Stacey Douglas found that out when they had bariatric surgery with our Ask The Expert for Bariatric Surgery Mercy Health and later laced up their running shoes. Erica Phelps is a registered dietician at Mercy Health in Muskegon where Jamie and Stacey are both patients. Since having bariatric surgery, both Stacey and Jamie have become avid runners. Their weight loss journeys started at Dr. Gluck's, but hit the road running from there.
Prior to surgery, Jamie says she was not living but rather simply existing. She didn't recognize herself anymore and was no longer doing the things she loved. That's when she knew she needed to make a change. She had surgery in October of 2012 and since then as lost 115 lbs. She signed up to run the 5k Seaway Run on June 22 and wants to sign up for the 10k in the 2014 Fifth Third Riverbank Run. Jamie feels her glow is back and her here life now is full of possibilities.
Stacey Douglas wanted to be able to play sports with her twins but her weight was holding her back. She was living with multiple co-morbidities including sleep apnea, high cholesterol, diabetes and major depression and anxiety, Since having surgery in May, 2011, she has lost 130 lbs and no longer has sleep apnea, diabetes or cholesterol issues, Stacey participated in three 5k races in 2012 and walked 5K in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run to celebrate her one year "surgiversary". She ran her first 5k in August, 2012 and marked her two year "surgiversary" by running the 10k Fifth Third Riverbank Run in one hour 11 minutes, Watch for her in three more 5K events that she's registered for in the summer of 2013.
If you would like to experience the same kind of success that Jamie and Stacey are enjoying, sign up for a weight loss seminar with our Ask The Expert Mercy Health - Bariatric Surgery.
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