Taking Control of Life Again

Jennie Perez

Jennie Perez couldn’t take it anymore. For as long as she could remember, she would tip the scales with her weight, and it was destroying her life bit by bit.

“I was always known as the ‘pretty fat girl’ in my family,” said Jennie. “I knew I wasn't happy.”

At her heaviest, Jennie was pushing close to 300 pounds. The weight became not just a physical burden, but one that challenged her life plans.

“I couldn’t have kids because of my weight,” she said. “It was a harsh reality that made me realize I needed to become healthy.”

She tried every diet on the market, but the weight clung to her body. Every day, Jennie would see another disappointing number on the scale and felt her options were running out … or so she thought.

“I knew I had to change. It was only a matter of time before I got to that point where I put my foot down and did something about it,” she added.

That’s when Jennie looked into bariatric surgery. After a bit of research, she visited the Gastric Sleeve Center at Jackson North, where doctors recommended she undergo the gastric-sleeve procedure.

“I lost 130 pounds with gastric sleeve,” she beamed. “I feel great; I feel wonderful.”

The dramatic weight loss improved not only Jennie’s physical health, but her emotional well-being.

With a new outlook on life, Jennie is forever grateful to the doctors and staff at Jackson North Medical Center. She plans on maintaining an active and physical lifestyle to keep the pounds off and be a positive example to others.

“I never want to get where I was again,” she said. “The staff was very helpful. My doctor was the best, and I love him for what he did for me.”

As one of Jackson’s many weight-loss success stories, Jennie knows the pain that comes with weight gain, and the courage it takes to opt for bariatric surgery. Now, she’s paying it forward by participating in online support groups to help others who are searching for ways to shed the pounds.

“To anyone struggling with weight gain, don't give up,” she said.

“Be strong, stay positive, and focus on a healthier you … because deep down, you can change your life and find happiness again.”

Learn more about bariatric surgery and how you can take control of your life again.