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  • Name: Cheryl Kilbourne
    Hometown: Big Stone Gap, Va. 
    Cheryl Kilbourne Before and After
    Occupation: Photographer
    Weight Lost: 164 pounds
    Surgery Date: Feb. 15, 2008

    For Cheryl Kilbourne, the wake-up call to lose weight came in the most unlikely of places – an amusement park.

    “I was told I couldn’t ride a roller coaster,” Cheryl said. “They told me I was too big, that the bar wouldn’t be able to go across my lap. That was when I realized something had to change.”

    Cheryl met with her doctor, who advised weight loss surgery at Holston Valley Medical Center. After attending the hospital’s weight loss classes, she qualified for a gastric bypass surgery, which was performed on Feb. 15, 2008.

    “The surgery was on my husband’s birthday, but I’m really the one who got a gift,” she said. “I got my life back.”

    What is most different about your life now?

    “I have so much energy now. Before my surgery, I could sleep all day, every day. But now, I wake up and I want to go walking, I want to work in the garden. It’s the best feeling, to be able to play with my grandkids and be active.”

    Would you have weight loss surgery again?

    “If I had to do it over again, I’d do the surgery much earlier. I had no idea my life could change so much, that I’d feel so great.”

    The Comprehensive Weight Management Center has been designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.


  • How do I get started?

    If you have questions about the weight loss options Wellmont provides, please contact us and we will respond at a time convenient for you. We are ready to answer your questions and provide information to help you in making this life-changing decision.