Name: Marjorie “Tweety” Clark Birth Date: February 17, 1969Hometown: Big Stone Gap, Va.Occupation: Respiratory TherapistWeight Lost: 160 pounds Surgery Date: Oct. 31, 2005
Marjorie “Tweety” Clark said she was just too young to feel that bad.
“I would come into work and be red, sweating, couldn’t breathe. I was in worse shape than my patients were,” she said.
“I knew the time had come that I had to do something or die. My family has a very strong cardiac history. In fact, my father had open-heart surgery at 49. And I could see that I wasn’t going to make it to 49.”
Tweety’s deciding moment came when she visited her doctor and learned she had gained four pounds in one month. “I had been watching calories and still gained weight. So I knew something had to be done and it had to be done quickly.”
Tweety had gastric bypass surgery.
“A lot of things make me sick so this keeps me honest,” she said. “And that’s a good thing. That’s one of the reasons I chose gastric bypass versus the band. I wanted something that would keep me where I needed to be.”
“I can actually breathe. I feel healthy. I can do things I could never do. I can actually fit into rides. There are so many things that we all take for granted including sitting in chairs, sitting in a booth – just the little things – being able to walk around the park and breathe at the same time, being able to go into any store and find something to wear.”
“The most difficult part is rediscovering who I am as a person. Because when you’re hidden under that much weight for that long, you kind of forget who’s in there. People who had nothing to do with you, suddenly they want to be your friend. They’re nice. They’re friendly. And that’s hard to deal with. That does a number on your self-esteem.”
“If you’ve tried other avenues, this is definitely worth checking into. But realize that it’s not an easy way out. You’re going to be changed for the rest of your life. You have to be ready for that. But it’s worth it. It’s definitely worth it.”
The Comprehensive Weight Management Center has been designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
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