Cassie. from Colorado Springs
As a 13 year-old teenager that weighed more than 215 pounds, Cassie found herself tumbling into depression. "My life seemed to be on hold", she explained. But that was about to change dramatically. And it was a change that would be featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
My name is Cassie and I had my surgery when I was only 13 years old. At the time of my surgery I weighed 218 pounds and now I am 141 at 5’7″. Let me say right now, “I AM SO HAPPY!”
My life seemed to be on hold because of my weight. Despite the fact that I was involved in all kinds of sports, the weight still kept coming. I tried dieting and went to the nutritionist and it still didn’t help. I was gaining weight very fast every month. I became more and more depressed with every unsuccessful diet.
My mom did some research and found Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez at the Obesity Control Center. She explained everything to me and let the final decision be mine. I was scared but at the same time ready and wanted my life to change. To be like the other kids and enjoy sports once again and the cute clothes…that’s all I wanted.
I had my surgery and the very same day I was up, out of bed and walking. The next day I left for home. I am back into sports now, enjoying my school activities and not to mention my grades are great and I have lots of friends. If any teen would like to talk about the surgery or just need support I would be happy to chat with you by email.
Thanks for giving me my life back!