Vim & Vigor - Summer 2017 - North Mississippi - 53
Lost 100 Pounds
Vivian Rogers, 48, was taking three
different medications to control high
blood pressure, and she struggled
with high cholesterol, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep
apnea, which caused her to stop
breathing several times every night.
"I was always fatigued," Rogers
says. "I opted not to do a lot of outside activities. I hated crowds and the
attention obese people usually get."
Since surgery, all of her health concerns are resolved, so all she takes are
daily vitamin supplements. "I have
been out of high school 30 years," she
says. "I finally went to my first high
school reunion five years ago.
"Now I have energy, I love being
outside, and I enjoy exercising and
doing multiple activities with my family. Best of all, I can cross my legs!"
Rogers, who is a nurse practitioner, now serves as NMMC's Bariatric
Program Director, working closely
with the surgeons to help others enjoy
the same success she does.
What she tells others: "Do your
research and know which procedure
you feel is best for you. Understand
it's a tool, not a quick fix. Be committed before and after surgery, get your
motivation from your goals. Do it for
you, not because you want to please
someone other than yourself."
Lost 89 pounds
Edee Dull, 53, was taking medication
for high cholesterol and GERD, and
her blood pressure was inching ever
higher. "I could barely walk up a few
steps," she says. "My joints hurt, and
I couldn't sleep because I couldn't
After surgery, her cholesterol and
blood pressure began dropping to
normal levels. "I am smaller now
than I was when I got married more
than 35 years ago," she says.
Dull and her husband celebrated
their 35th anniversary and her weight
loss with a trip to the Dominican
Republic given to them by their children. "I was able to walk all over the
island and enjoy myself," she says.
"I could not have done that before."
Not only has her health improved,
but so has her self-esteem. "I'm not
embarrassed to try on clothes anymore," she says.
Dull, who has mentored several
friends through weight loss, now
works as an admission/discharge
specialist at the Bariatric Clinic.
"I feel like I can really help people
along the journey," she says.
What she tells others: "It's the
best thing I ever did."
Lost 85 pounds
When he weighed almost 300 pounds,
Craig White of Saltillo had to sleep
with a CPAP device at night for sleep
apnea. "The day-to-day things were
harder. I was always low on energy,"
says the 41-year-old owner of Ray
Ray's restaurant in Blue Springs.
"Climbing a deer stand was difficult."
Before surgery, he dropped 50
pounds with diet and exercise. After
surgery, he lost 85 pounds more and
got rid of the CPAP device for good.
White's quality of life has significantly improved. "I don't have to
think about my weight before I do
something now," he says. "If I can do
it in the restaurant business where I
am around food all the time, anyone
can do it."
What he tells
your mind to it
and do it. It's a
and 99 percent
of it is mental. I
changed what I
do, and I'm not
The NMMC Bariatric Center, which opened
in 2007, recently tripled in size with a move
to its new 24-bed unit on the hospital's
third floor. The unit is replete will all new
equipment and furnishings, and includes
an education room for patient teaching
SUMME R 2017