Fran McGuire lost 230 pounds after bariatric weight-loss surgery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
"My general physician -- he had been telling me for probably two years that I needed to think about having some type of bariatric surgery.
"I knew I was going down the road to be a diabetic. I just wasn't, I just didn't want to do it. So I guess the turning point for me was my son's wedding and they had those little tiny, wooden, wedding chairs and I was terrified that it was going to break. And I, I decided then, that day that I wasn't going to live my life that way anymore.
"The biggest I know that I was was 377, and I've lost 230.
"At the 100-pound mark, we had gotten a bed frame from my sister that was made out of an old fence, an old iron fence, and it was extremely heavy, and we brought it home, and, you know, were talking about how heavy it was, and so my husband weighed himself and then weighed himself holding the bed frame, the headboard, and he said, 'Oh, it weighs, it weighs 104 pounds.' And at that time that is about what I had lost and he said just, he said, 'How did you do it, you know? You were carrying this on you?'
"If they're just contemplating doing it, I would say do it, and the risk of, or the benefits of the surgery far, far outweigh the risks, and that you, you'll be, you know, so much happier in the end.
"You have to change your life, you have to. You can't just have the surgery and expect it to be that's it, that's all I had to do. You have to work at it, you still have to work at it, but it's a great tool. It is a great tool.
"If you do what, what your doctor and the dietitian, all the professionals tell you to do, and the exercise, you'll be successful.
"I have done the Turkey Trot every year since I've done that, and other, just, you know, little 5K's here and there. I don't run, I walk, but (laughs), but I go to the gym every day. I would never go to the gym before. Just the freedom to move and not be afraid to get on airplane, a train, a bus, anything, and, you know, I'm not afraid of where, where I'm going to sit, or if I'm going to fit. That is, that's the biggest relief for me since surgery.
"I've had people that I've known for 20 plus years walk right by me, don't know who I am. So, that's kind of fun in a way. My husband has been accused several times of having an affair. (Chuckles) That's kind of funny.
"The freedom to move, to be active, to be able to be active and not be just sitting in a chair, cause that's what I did before, I just sat in a chair and let life go by, and now I'm living life."
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