• Diana Blair

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  • Diana Blair Before and AfterName: Diana Blair
    Birth Date: Feb. 24, 1947
    Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.
    Occupation: Nurse
    Weight Lost: 131 pounds
    Surgery Date: June 19, 2007

    Diana Blair had struggled with her weight since she was a teenager. As she grew older, the weight began to take a toll on her body. Her joints ached, her blood pressure increased and she developed diabetes.

    “It literally became a matter of life or death,” Diana said. “I knew that my lifespan was being decreased because of my weight. I have four beautiful nieces, and I want to be around to see them get married and have children of their own.

    “I needed to make a change.”

    Diana’s laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery was just one piece of her weight loss journey.

    “It takes a commitment to a healthy diet and regular exercise,” she said. “It’s a total lifestyle change. But my overall life has improved dramatically.”

    What’s the best part of your new lifestyle?

    “I love feeling better and looking better. There are people I’ve known for years who don’t recognize me until I speak. I also love being able to go shopping and buy ‘regular-sized’ clothes.”

    What was the most difficult part of your weight loss journey?

     “Being consistent. The surgery isn’t a magic pill – if you aren’t committed to a healthy lifestyle, that weight can creep back. You need stay focused on living a healthy life.”

    What advice do you give others struggling with their weight?

     “Be patient. Any healthy weight loss program takes time. But if you’re committed to the program, you will reach your goal.”

    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.