Brooks: I always struggled with my weight, and it started causing medical issues with the diabetes, the mobility issues and ultimately kidney failure.
My primary care physician with Summa, she referred me to the Bariatric Program. That's where I met Doctor "Z", and it was one of the best days of my life.
From day one you will feel comfortable with him. I did not have a lot of family and friends around, so the bariatric team became my family and friends.
With the weight loss surgery it's a lifestyle change. With the healthy eating, you try to eat clean and do right, stay on top of your vitamins.
At my heaviest weight, I was 312 pounds. Today, I'm 190 pounds. So do the math, that's a lot of weight. That's like I lost a whole person.
I'm so proud of myself and have so much joy in my life now.