From her teens on, Deb Myers struggled with her weight.
She tried every diet possible. Sometimes the weight came off, only to return. By 30, the weight came and stayed, she said.
With the weight came joint pain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
It interfered with my life. I could not do the things I enjoyed, she said.
Myers, a nurse, opted for surgery. She went from 245 pounds to 145 pounds and has kept the weight off. Through the right diet, exercise and lifestyle, her weight varies only a few pounds now.
Myers said her story helps her daily in her job. She is the bariatric program coordinator for Piedmont Medical Center. Myers said her experience helps prospective patients realize that she has been down that road before. I see it in their eyes.
Physicians recently performed the centers 1,000th weight-loss surgery, which usually involves bypassing a portion of the stomach.
It is more than surgery, though. Myers and others at the center help patients navigate the care afterward.
To celebrate the weight loss and the programs success PMC is holding A Healthier Runway Surgical Weight Loss Fashion Show at the Rock Hill Galleria from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The event is being held as part of national Obesity Week. Bariatric surgeons, clinical dietitians and exercise physiologists will speak but the stars of the show are eight alumna of the PMC weight-loss program.
They will take the runway in fashions from Galleria stores. The results, Myers said, are amazing.
At a pre-show fitting, one woman looked so cute that Myers asked her what size the dress was. We looked at the size and it was a size four. The woman responded, I cant believe it is a size four!
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