In Danaâs Shoes
Category: Weight Loss Surgery
Dana Erbayri is like so many people who have struggled with
weight for years. At 5â4,â 299 pounds, Dana says it upsets her that she has
trouble keeping up with her two young children. She also struggles to manage
her type 2 diabetes regimen. Recently, her doctor has doubled her dose
of insulin, and placed her on high blood pressure medication. Now, she
sees her doctor more frequently. âMy doctor warned me that, at my present
weight, complications from my diabetes are only going to get worse,â
explains Dana. âSo, I decided to undergo bariatric surgery.â
A Peek at the Process
As Dana strives to gain control of her diabetes, she wants to help others in the same situation.
So, she has decided to share her journey of weight loss surgery with the world by
allowing a film crew to follow her through the process.
Videos of Danaâs journey can be viewed on the web site Bariatrics4Diabetes.com/WLS.
This educational resource contains information and tools to help prospective patients begin
to resolve their diabetes through weight loss surgery.
âUnderstanding the process and knowing what to expect in advance may reduce those
fears or doubts that keep someone from proceeding,â she says.
Dana also wants to get the message out that surgery may be an effective option for
other people like her with type 2 diabetes. âMy doctor has explained that in about 77%
of patients, diabetes completely disappears or treatment with medicine or insulin is no
longer needed,â she adds.
Support Along the Way
Even with her lack of success with many diets and recommended
exercise, surgery was not something Dana was
eager to pursue. âEven when I am hesitant, I continually find
support and encouragement to help me persevere,â says Dana.
One source of inspiration has been Pat Foster, a coordinator
at Danaâs medical center. Pat is an encouraging example,
because she herself had successful bariatric surgery 7 years
earlier. According to Dana, this strengthened her resolve.
Yet, Danaâs children are the ones who have really inspired
her to take action. âI cry my eyes out thinking I donât want to
miss out on their lives because Iâm too heavy, or because diabetes
hurts me. I have to lose the weight; I have to do it now.â
These feelings motivated Dana to attend an information
seminar at her local hospital, where she met Pat, the
bariatric coordinator. âPat walked me through the risks and
benefits of surgery from an empathetic perspective,â says
Dana. âThatâs a big help and something everyone who goes
through this needs. Iâm not hesitant to call her if I have a
concern because I know she wonât look at me funny. Sheâs
been where I am.â
Pat relishes her role as a friendly driving force through the
process. âWe all get to know the patient intimately. Iâll get to
know Dana so well that Iâll know what sheâs thinking. Then,
I can respond to her questions before she even asks them.
That allows me to be her number one cheerleader,â Pat says
with a smile.
A Firstâhand Glimpse
âThis surgery will enable me to be the person I want to be
â a person who isnât afraid to speak in front of people, to
get on the dance floor, or to walk into her childrenâs school
without feeling self-conscious,â Dana says.
Still, every day, she says, concerns run through her head:
âHow will I look? Will I change so much I regret it? Will
people think I took the easy way out? What if something
goes wrong in surgery? Can I get through the process of
preparing for surgery, paying for surgery? Will I be able to
stick to the diet changes?â
Danaâs videos provide a first-hand glimpse of her entire
journey â from contemplation and initial medical appointments
through surgery and beyond. Viewers will see how
Dana maintains the drive to handle setbacks and doubts
as she works toward her goal. By sharing Danaâs intimate
moments with family and counselors, viewers may find their
own inspiration and motivation.
The first episode of Danaâs videos, which is on the site now,
features Danaâs decision to have surgery and her familyâs
reaction to the announcement. Remaining episodes will be
completed and placed on the site as she progresses through
Subsequent episodes will show, among other motivating
milestones: Danaâs visits to a support group, counseling sessions
with her surgeon and a glimpse of the surgery itselfâ
how quickly it is done and how quickly Dana recoversâand
finally, the results of her surgery.
âThis is my story,â says Dana. âI am one woman who has
chosen to make a change, to take back control.â
Hopefully, as she finds motivation, she will help motivate
To follow Danaâs journey visit Bariatrics4Diabetes.com/WLS
Besides Danaâs videos, there is much more valuable information for you
at Bariatrics4Diabetes.com. Learn more about the connection between
bariatric surgery and diabetes, explore the various procedures and which
one may be right for you, and even locate a bariatric surgeon in your area.
Bariatrics4Diabetes.com has the resources and support you need for this
important change in your life.