Taylor, a 48-year-old mother of two, was active and fit into young adulthood. But when she was pregnant with her first child, an injury caused her to be bedridden for months. “That’s when the weight came, and it snowballed,” Taylor said.
She noticed herself taking a back seat to her own life. She avoided going to the beach because she didn’t want to wear a bathing suit. She socialized less because she was embarrassed to eat in front of other people. And she became less and less active because of joint pain.
She tried weight loss programs, some of them more than once. “I could lose 20 pounds, but I could never get past a certain weight or maintain that lifestyle, whether it was because I had little kids or just did not have the motivation and determination,” Taylor said.
After her "Aha" moment in 2013, Taylor started researching weight loss surgery and asking around for provider recommendations. That pointed her not only to Duke, but also to Dana Portenier, MD, who would become her weight loss surgeon.
“When someone is excited and passionate about what they do, they help you feel confident and secure with your decision,” she said of Dr. Portenier.