I was diagnosed with Gastric Paranthesis. I really was in bad health – 100+ pounds over weight and no end in site. I felt overwhelmed and the weight felt daunting. After going to the “look/see” meeting to be educated about bariatric surgery, I was sold. Dr. Johnson was brilliant in the explanation of where I was in my life and my options. This surgery was the best decision I ever made for myself. I’m still all me…every ounce the same person, same personality. I don’t hide my photos from the past; they are me and who I was for 40 years.