• Leona – Beats Cancer & Loses 200 Pounds

  • Leona Smith
  • She fought two battles – and won

    When Leona Smith came to the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Holston Valley Medical Center, she was prepared for a battle against obesity. But she didn’t realize she’d have to face another health issue first.

    When Leona arrived for her pre-surgery exam, Dr. Andrew Kramer discovered a problem with her liver levels – a problem that turned out to be Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    Fortunately, Leona received top-level care from the Wellmont Cancer Institute, and she’s now cancer-free.

    Leona realized she didn’t beat cancer just to succumb to obesity, so in August 2013, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery. Now 200 pounds lighter, Leona is living her life to the fullest.

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