From My Coworkers to My Caregivers
It is one thing to work at a hospital where you witness patients receiving top-notch care every day. It is quite another when you become one of those patients yourself.
For years, I battled with my weight, trying all kinds of diet and exercise programs in an effort to reach my health goals. There were times when I achieved some success, losing a few pounds here and there. Yet, I would always gain them right back. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t able to maintain a healthy weight.
In 2008, I had just joined Jackson North Medical Center’s Surgical Services team. It should have been a positive time for me, but I was at the end of my rope. After dieting for about 10 years with no luck, I was depressed about my lack of progress. At my lowest point, I reached 305 pounds, became diabetic, and developed hypertension, asthma, and knee pain.
It was then that my doctor recommended weight-loss surgery.
At first, surgery scared me. However, I soon realized it was the best option.
That same year, I underwent a gastric bypass procedure at Jackson North. I was happy to have my surgery at my place of work where the same great people I interacted with on a daily basis were the ones responsible for my care.
While I always boast that Jackson North’s Surgical Services has one of the best and most compassionate teams, I can proudly say that I experienced their excellent care firsthand. Having the surgery was the best decision I ever made. Within a week, my life changed.
Every chance I get, I share my story and how the surgery saved my life. I am forever thankful for my Jackson North family, who, for a moment, became my caregivers. In that moment, I not only got to know my surgical team for the talented group that they are, but saw the lengths that they go to in order to change a life.
Jackson North Medical Center
Nov. 2003 Miracle Stories
Miss Florida Saved After Near Fatal Car Crash. Link opens story page.
After a truck swerved and toppled over onto the car Shauna Pender Vatrano was traveling in, paramedics turned to the Ryder Trauma Center team to save her life.Explore in story page.
Jan. 1955 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for Cleft Lip Is Designed. Link opens story page.
In 1955, UM/Jackson reconstructive surgeon Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr. designed rotation-advancement flap surgery to treat cleft lip.Explore in story page.
Jul. 2008 Medical Firsts
Child Lives Without Heart For 118 Days. Link opens story page.
After her first heart transplant failed within a day, 14-year-old D’Zhana Simmons lived 118 days with a custom-built artificial heart.Explore in story page.