once weighed close to 300 pounds. My mom
told me I was killing myself. She was
right. I went in to the Columbia St.
Mary’s Bariatric Center scared, unsure
of what else could possibly help me, and
defeated. I had tried every diet before.
I had exercised and gotten discouraged
when that scale didn’t move.
After meeting with the staff at the
Bariatric Center, I was convinced that
taking this step was the right one for
me. Every time I met with the staff I
was reassured, educated, prepared and
aware that I could change my life. Dr.
Regan and Sue Dugan helped me understand
that this was a tool that could help me
where everything else had failed before.
I was all in.
During the process, I had my ups and
downs just like everyone. I got scared.
I questioned whether or not surgical
intervention was the right way to go. I
was putting my health into someone
else’s hands. The entire staff at the
Bariatric Center, especially Sue Dugan
and Dr. Regan, reassured me continually
and helped me as I went through my peaks
I lost 90 pounds my first time around.
Throughout the entire process, I could
not have had a better support system
from the Bariatric Center staff. I ended
up having to have a second procedure due
to a rare complication. During the time
I was healing from the complication, out
of my mind worried I was going to gain
the weight back again, both Sue Dugan
and Dr. Regan were my sounding board and
my logic. They helped me understand that
the surgery wasn’t the reason that I
lost weight, but that the hard work I
put into it, using the tool the way it
was meant to be used, was how I lost the
When I had my second surgery and was
scared that something was going to go
wrong again, they both stepped up to the
plate to reassure me and hold my hand
through the whole process and I could
not be more grateful to the two of them.
While I don’t have a whole lot of
experience with other surgeons, Dr.
Regan is superior in his field
technically and in dealing with
patients. Sue Dugan went above and
beyond for someone who, at the time,
could have been just another patient.
Instead, she treated me like family.
I have consistently kept the weight off,
but it never stops being a struggle. I
have to eat right and exercise, but
through the help of the fantastic staff
at the CSM Bariatric Center, I know
exactly what I need to do to make the
right choices. It was the best
decision….and second decision I ever