coordinator at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center, met them at the hospital entrance. “She explained everything and let us know if we had questions or concerns during our recovery that she was there for us at anytime,” Betty says. “This immediately put us at ease.”
Before surgery, Bob (5 feet 8 inches) weighed 267 pounds and Betty (5 feet 3 inches) weighed 265 pounds. Five months after their surgeries, Bob had lost 96 pounds, Betty had shed 93, and their health showed remarkable improvement.
“We have so much energy now,” says Bob. “We no longer have to take 16 pills a day for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol or use an insulin pump like before.”
In addition to enjoying walks in the park and motorcycle rides, for the first time in years, the Petersons were able to participate in their family’s “Easter Olympics”—an annual tradition including potato sack races, wheelbarrow races, and Easter egg hunts.
“We grew up playing these games and were so sad when we were unable to take part because of our weight,” says Betty. “Now we can make up for lost time. We are so thankful for the care we received at CentraState.”
For more information on CentraState’s bariatric services, call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).