058 Texas Tell ’em! Interviews from #YWM2015

by reeger on August 24, 2015

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058 Texas Tell'Em

 

This episode I brought my mic to the people! Specifically the wonderful people at the Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Convention in San Antonio, Texas in August, 2015. While I was there I interviewed eleven different people about their bariatric surgery journey. Part of the interview included a game I invented called Texas Tell’em! Interviewed during this episode were:

Pandora Williams had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on October 19th, 2010 after a long history of weight yo-yoing diet. The question she answers if: Do you have secret to your post-bariatric surgery success? You can connect with Pandora at DesperatelySeekingSlender.com

Pamela Davis had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on March 2nd, 2001 after numerous unsuccessful weight loss attempts and mounting health concerns. The question she answers is: What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to have bariatric surgery and how did you overcome them? You can connect with Pam on social media via her name BariBelle and through her work with the Obesity Action Coalition

Blanche Jackson had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in June 2005 because she felt it was her last result. The question she answers is: What is your strategy around tempting but unhealthy foods?

Nikki Massie had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in January 2008 as way to help her learn new habits and give her a framework to have a better life. The question she answers is: What is your one go-to meal that you love and know is weight loss surgery friendly and enjoy all the time? You can connect with Nikki on the her website BariatricFoodie.com

Jennifer Baughman had sleeve gastrectomy in 2010 because she needed a drastic change. The question she answers is: What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to have bariatric surgery and how did you overcome them?

Alex Brecher had Lap Band surgery in 2003 after trying every diet in the world and doing a lot of research. The question he answers is: What would you say to someone who says that bariatric surgery is the easy way?
You can connect with Alex on his website BariatricPal.com

Sarah Bramblette had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in 2003 after attempting to lose weight on her own without success. The question that she answers is: What has surprised you about your life after bariatric surgery? You can reach Sarah via her blog born2lbfat.com

Laura Van Tuyl had The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in April 2003 because all the other methods she tried to lose weight were not helping her to succeed. The question that she answers is: How do you get up and go when you feel your get up and go has already gone? You can connect with Laura on Facebook or at WLSFA.org

Melinda Watman had biliopancreatic diversion and duodenal switch in July of 2000 after a lifetime of having the disease of obesity and realizing that she was never going to get out of “this body” without a significant change. The question that she answers is: What advice do you have for someone who is struggling with family or friends who are against bariatric surgery? You can reach Melinda at TheFWordFat.com

Nanette Adams had lap band in 2009. After having the band for three and a half years she had to have the band removed in emergency surgery. Fourteen months after having her band removed she underwent sleeve gastrectomy. Then eighteen months after having sleeve she converted to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. The question that she answers is: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self something important, what would it be? You can connect with Nanette on Facebook, on her blog BariatricCounselor.blogspot.com, and at her email nanettemwilson@gmail.com

Cari De La Cruz had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in 2007 because she originally believed that she couldn’t lose weight any other way. She has since learned many more things on her journey of recovery from obesity. The question she answers is: What tips do you have for birthday, holidays, and other food-centered events?
You can connect with Cari on her Facebook page, as part of the dynamic duo PostOpandaDoc Facebook page, and BariatricAfterLife.com

Until next time, never forget, I believe in you!

Reeger

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