For Candida, losing weight meant gaining so much more

candida-rodriguezCandida Rodriguez loves her kids. But at 289 pounds she couldn’t run and play with them. With hypertension and pre-diabetes, she lived in constant fear that her health would take her away from her children — just like it happened to her own mother at a young age. “Getting healthy is a choice I had to make for me, so I can be healthy for my children,” said Candida. That’s when she turned to The Hospitals of Providence for help.

The bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence provided Candida with the support and resources she needed in order to lose weight and get healthy. This 13-week program treats both the physical and emotional sides of weight loss with services before and after surgery, including support groups, nutritional counseling, gym memberships and more.

After her gastric bypass surgery, Candida lost 130 pounds. In the process, she gained so much more — the ability to run and play with her children. “I am no longer on medication for hypertension or diabetes. I’m no longer at risk of dying young like my mother,” said Candida. “The Hospitals of Providence was very helpful in preparing me for a life change. I love my new self!”

Interested in beginning your journey to a healthier life? Learn more about the bariatric weight loss program at The Hospitals of Providence. Call 915-577-8467 (THOP) to connect with one of our doctors or use the physician finder tool.