A sunny recovery after patient undergoes weight loss surgery

Lisa Zareczny, surgical weight loss patient, Good Samaritan Medical Center

"I knew I had to put aside all the doubts and nervous jitters and recognize that this would be a positive turning point in my life."

For Lisa Zareczny, a native Floridian, born and raised in West Palm Beach, gaining weight meant less time spent at the beach.

"I refused to wear a bathing suit; I stopped doing many of the things I loved," Lisa says. "I always knew that I was a little heavy, but I never thought that it would take such a toll on my life."

But Lisa wasn't just concerned with her appearance. She was also worried about her health, even fearing for her life.

"I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and slowly but surely the back and knee pains started," Lisa says. "Just bending over to tie my shoe was difficult."

Lisa tried dieting, but she couldn't find a program that worked for her. She also tried exercising.

"Exercising was impossible because of the excess pressure on my joints," Lisa says.

Knowing her life was at risk, Lisa searched for a solution on the Internet. Online, Lisa learned about Good Samaritan’s MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program.

"The bariatric program was exactly the guide I needed to a better life," Lisa says. "Their wide range of services, including patient support and access to a dietitian, were just what the doctor ordered."

The first step to a new life

Lisa's journey began with a consultation. She was nervous to say the least.

"Even with the support of my family and friends, especially my mom and my twin sister, I was still scared," Lisa says. "However, I knew I had to put aside all the doubts and nervous jitters and recognize that this would be a positive turning point in my life."

Lisa's surgery was a success and went according to plan without a single complication.

"I was out of bed just three hours after my surgery, and I was ready to meet my new self," Lisa says.

The surgery has given Lisa her life and health back.

"At 40 years old, I feel sexy again! I am healthier and happier than I have ever been, and I could not even imagine any of this being possible without the medical professionals at Good Samaritan Medical Center," Lisa says.

Lisa knows that weight loss surgery isn't a simple solution but a journey that she has only begun.

"I've lost over 40 pounds and I know this is just the start. Now, I can actually look forward to enjoying my days at the beach again and all the beautiful Florida weather," Lisa says.