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Sue lost 15st 1lb

Sue Smith, 52, works in media management and lives in Southampton, Hampshire. She had a gastric bypass in July 2008.
Weight before: 26st; dress size 34.
Weight now: 10st 13lb; dress size 12.
Before I had my operation, the only way I could get about was on a mobility scooter. I had numerous health problems – I was pre-diabetic, had massively high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an enlarged heart, and was told that I had three to five years to live. I have been married for 29 years and have two grown-up children. The thought of me dying was dreadful for them, but it was almost worse for my parents, thinking that I would die before them. Now I’m completely mobile again. When I got my job in January this year, it crystallised for me how much my life had changed. I’d been unemployed for a long time and this operation didn’t just save my life; it gave me a better one.

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Ruth lost 9st 6lb

Ruth Stebbings, 48, is a teaching assistant from Welling, Kent. She had a gastric bypass in May 2008.
Weight before: 19st 6lb; dress size 24-26.
Weight now: 10st; dress size 12.
I told my surgeon Shaw Somers that I didn’t need to look like a model, but if I could walk into Marks & Spencer and pick up a size 16 dress, I’d be happy. The day I dropped below a 16,
I could have done a cartwheel! Before the operation, it was agony to walk. Now the pressure’s
off my hip, I’ve regained mobility and I’m a Zumba fitness addict. The challenge is to keep the weight off. However, if I eat too much it makes me feel sick, and when that happens, I think to myself, ‘Serves you right!’ Three and a half years down the line, it’s the only reminder I need.


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