Samantha Snodgrass was a very active teenager, but being busy with sports led to poor food choices. “Eating whatever I wanted worked when I burned off all the calories. But when I got to college, my activity level dropped. In my 40s, I found myself overweight, depressed, and my body just hurt. I had tried every diet out there, but the weight would just come back after a few months. I knew what I had to do to lose the weight, but it was hard getting myself to eat right and exercise. I looked into weight loss surgery, but not knowing much about it, thought that I wouldn’t be approved,” shared Sam.
Three years ago, at around 100 pounds overweight, Samantha needed gallbladder surgery. Born and raised in Cedar Falls, she knew her surgeon, Dr. Matt Glascock. She also knew that he did weight loss surgery and joked with him that he could do both at the same time.
Dr. Glascock’s staff took Samantha’s joke seriously and talked to her about surgical weight loss options. “I was either going to continue down my self-destructive road or lose the weight and start feeling better,” commented Samantha.
At her one-week post-op gallbladder appointment, Dr. Glascock’s team helped her get her weight-loss process started. “His staff made it so easy for me! Especially dealing with insurance, since that can be overwhelming. Kim walked me though it all. She told me what to ask my insurance company and did a lot of the calling herself. My insurance didn’t require me to do a supervised diet, but I wanted to do it for three months to see if I could really do it,” shared Samantha.
“I still remember when Mary called me to set up the surgery. Even though I’d been working toward it, I was still apprehensive. Now, the only regret I have is not having done it sooner! Some people say Dr. Glascock makes you jump through a lot of hoops before you get approved for surgery. But I think it’s just the responsible thing to do. He’s making sure his patients are sure about the surgery, for their safety.”
Weight loss surgery isn’t a quick-fix. It’s a lifestyle change – one that worked for Samantha. “Without surgery, I couldn’t have succeeded on my own. The surgery made me totally accountable.”
Samantha continued, “I’m not on anything! No blood pressure pills, no sleep apnea machine, no asthma inhaler. I was worried about the path I was on potentially leading to heart disease, diabetes and joint replacements. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2010, but have had no symptoms since the weight started coming off. I kayak, hike and work outside now. I have my life back!”
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