Weight Loss Surgery Gives Mom New Lease on Life
Michelle Taylor of Bahama, NC, woke up one morning with an epiphany: “I just had this overwhelming feeling that I wouldn’t be here in 10 years.” Her weight was out of control, and she was ready to make a change. After deciding to try gastric bypass surgery, she made a list of things she wanted to do after losing weight. Since her surgery in August 2014, Taylor has lost 140 pounds and has crossed off every single item on her list, including the most important one: to live.
Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants
Hearing aids and cochlear implants are two options with great results if you experience hearing loss and want to do something about it. Hearing aids do not require surgery and are best-suited for people with less severe hearing loss and fair speech understanding. Cochlear implants require surgery and are best-suited for people with more severe hearing loss and poor speech understanding.
Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery
As a child, Faith Newsome of Sanford, NC, struggled with feeling different from her peers because of her weight. By the time she was 15, she weighed 273 pounds and was pre-diabetic. She had gastric bypass surgery when she was 16. Today, Newsome is a 21-year-old college student who runs a local support group for obese teens. “When I was going through the process, I wanted to talk to people my age who were going through the same experience,” she said. Her group, O.C.E.A.N.S., “provides a safe space for teens to talk about the struggles of obesity.”