Ashley’s Story

Ashley did not come from a family of overweight people, it was just her. Her bad eating habits and lack of self confidence aided her weight issues. She was always a great student, but shied away from activities and playing with friends when she was younger. Then Ashley lost her Dad on September 11, 2001. A much quicker downward spiral of bad habits ensued both in eating and in daily life. At only 22 years old, Ashley had a serious asthma condition. She wasn't healthy, and she wasn't happy.

Research led her to a free seminar at St. Vincent's Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport. Within four weeks of attending the seminar, she had her obesity surgery.

Five years and 122 pounds later, Ashley doesn't identify with her pre-weight-loss-surgery self anymore. “I was given a new lease on life, a renewed sense of self worth and self confidence,” she said. “My outside wasn't a reflection of who I was inside.”

Ashley is now happily engaged, pursuing a nursing career and has the confidence to dance and live her life. She works out almost every morning, but her energy is nonstop. She has the confidence to speak in front of large groups in memory of her dad and does stair climbs for people with asthma. “I used to live life everyday thinking about the expiration date, and now I focus on the future and what's next, all because of this surgery.”

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Sign up for a free bariatric information seminar, or call our Bariatric Coordinator for more information.


Other Patient Stories

  • Andrea’s Story

    “I've tried every diet program ever invented!” she said. Finally, she picked the bariatric team of weight loss surgeons at St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Center of Fairfield County and has loved them from the beginning.

  • Ashley’s Story

    Research led her to a free seminar at St. Vincent's Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport. Within four weeks of attending the seminar, she had her obesity surgery.

  • Elizabeth’s Story

    True to her inner self, within two months, the weight reduction surgery was over, and she was on the road to getting healthy.

  • Heidi’s Story

    After 113 pounds of bariatric weight loss, she is loving life as a healthy active THIN adult!

  • Kathleen’s Story

    It's been five years and 120 pounds since she had the lap band procedure at St. Vincent's Medical Center's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

  • Ronda’s Story

    Now she doesn't have to come home from work and take a nap. Since obesity surgery, she can do her own housework, instead of hiring outside people to clean and she's excited to do it!

  • Tracy’s Story

    “I told myself if I ever got better, I would get healthy and get my life back,” Tracy said. She lost 94 pounds after having the lap band obesity surgery

  • Jay’s Story

    Now, 117 pound later, he is active and energetic. “I play with my kids, attend every event, volunteer whenever I can, and take afternoon walks on the beach with my wife again.

  • Marybeth’s Story

    “It was the best thing I ever did for myself,” she said. She was borderline diabetic and had sleep apnea. “Now I'm off most of my medications, including my treatment for high blood pressure. I don't even snore anymore!” she said.

Surgical Weight Loss

  • Location

    St. Vincent’s Medical Center
    2800 Main Street
    Bridgeport, CT 06606
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  • Contact Us

    Phone: 203-576-6000
    TTY: 203-576-6096

    To speak with a surgical weight loss coordinator, call 203-576-5431.

  • What to Expect?

    To help put your mind at ease, we’ve listed some details of what you can expect the day of, and immediately following your weight loss surgery.

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You’ll learn more about what to expect during your surgery and how weight-loss surgery helps with health risks associated with diabetes and obesity.

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