Life Before and After Gastric Bypass

Mary and I met just a couple months ago and connected immediately. After hearing her story about life before and after gastric bypass surgery, I knew she had to share her journey with the world.

She has an excellent energy about her and she’s constantly inspiring me. We’ve partnered up so I can help share her experience with the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure.

Neither of us hold any medical license. The information shared in this post is solely meant for personal testimony.

Life Before and After Gastric Bypass - Roux-en-Y.

Before Gastric Bypass

Mary’s story of life before gastric bypass is something worth listening to. You can hear a lot about it from her in her weekly Facebook Live broadcasts. You can find them all listed below and definitely catch them live if you can.

Ask her questions, let her know your thoughts, and share your stories during the live feed on Thursdays at 11:30 CST.

After Gastric Bypass

Mary had her Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure about 10 years ago. So much has changed since then. We’ve learned an incredible amount more in the fields of psychology and nutrition to make today’s candidates much more likely to find success.

But for Mary, she had to have numerous (ten) follow up surgeries, she suffered from hair loss, teeth degradation, and skin discoloration.

The journey was far from simple, but she’s here today and full of energy and ambition. Her goals are not met, but the drive she exudes is totally contagious.

Chat with Mary live on Thursdays at 11:30 CST.

Most of her issues post-op were due to nutrient deficiencies. When you bypass a large portion of the stomach and the beginning of the small intestines, you are sacrificing enormous steps in digestion.

When that undigested food hits the rest of its path it is unable to be absorbed. It sometimes comes out in the same form in went in.

The consequences of this can be deadly. You can eat all day and you’re literally starving to death. Alternate methods of nutrient delivery are then necessary.

As I mentioned before, Mary had several operations to help remedy this, but even then she still wasn’t feeling her best.

Supplements that Work

It wasn’t until she discovered supplements that she had full control over her life again. Many supplements offer quality nutrients that are able to be absorbed via skin or by oral intake.

They filled all of Mary’s nutritional gaps and her glowing aura, energy levels, and lab work are all proof that they work.

Video 1: Introduction

Video 2: Ups and Downs of Weight Loss

Video 3: Ups and Downs (Continued)

Video 4: Consequences of Nutrient Deficiencies

Video 5: Body Image and Emotional Eating
I’m a guest on this one! 🙂

Video 6: Where did all my energy go?

Video 7: Let’s Talk Protein

Video 8: What about all that skin?

Video 9: We’re BACK! And talking about seasonal foods.

Shelley and Mary.

As for the rest of Mary’s story, check in to her LIVE videos on Facebook each Thursday. You can catch up by watching the ones listed above.

In video 6 she’ll be discussing exercise and the challenges associated with working out after gastric bypass.

Do you have any questions for us relating to life after gastric bypass?

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  1. I never knew about Gastric Bypass and how serious it can be. I am so glad that Thrive has been helping.

  2. Hi I am Dixie I am from Australia. I am going in to have gastric bypasss in October this year. Thank you for your talks, I guess I will have to find. Something like it in Australia. I will keep in touch Dixie

  3. I had Roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery 15 years ago. For the first 5 years I felt fantastic. I did everything by the book. I took all kinds of vitamins, made sure I hit my daily protein goals and exercised. I lost about 100 pounds! I have never had any vomiting issue and no problems with dumping. That being said here’s where the story takes a turn for the WORST. Right around the fifth year post op I started feeling extremely tired and so fatigued. I was taking my vitamins and so I just past it off as getting older. I had just turned 40. My perfect teeth (only had 2 cavities my entire life) started to crumble away. No matter how much I ate I was losing weight like crazy. I was so exhausted I would have to pull over and sleep on my way to work. I eventually lost my job because of poor attendance. I finally got so sick (at this point I weighed 96 pounds) my husband took me to the emergency room where they did blood work and discovered the I was near death from being so anemic. I was give 5 units of blood and had 3 iron infusion over the next 5 days. After a lot of testing and doctors appointments we have finally discovered that I no longer have the ability to absorb any vitamins or nutrients from anything taken orally. This means that for the rest of my life I am getting blood transfusions and iron infusions at least every 4 to 5 months. I get weekly B-12 shots. I have lost all of my teeth and I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am no longer able to work and I am still fighting with social security disability.

    1. Oh Karen,
      I am so very sorry to hear about your horrendous experience. I truly hope you are able to get the support you are owed.

    2. Karen,
      My weight journey is almost opposite of yours. I spent most of my life being the tall thin girl and I was working in a great career, climbing the ladder quickly. Then migraines hit me, I went from having a couple a year to barely having hours each month without migraine. Then fibromyalgia, nerve pain in my feet and so many medications. I had to give up my career and my metabolism ground to a halt and in 4 years I gained over 100 lbs. My thyroid is shot, I’m constantly in pain and fighting severe depression. I finally found a team of doctors who are trying to help me get back as much of a life as possible. I’m scheduled for gastric bypass in February and I can’t wait. It took me 3 years to get approved for social security disability, don’t give up, keep fighting. I think social security wants to make you give up so they don’t have to pay you. I may never be pain free and I may never work again but maybe I can have a bit of a life. Thanks to the opioid crisis my pain meds have been cut in half because my pharmacy won’t fill the script my pain management doctor prescribed… but that’s a whole separate soap box. I wish you the best in your fight, keep it up!

    3. Karen
      I too had iron infusions and liquid vitamins
      Lost my teeth and broke so many bones, list so much hair it was crazy
      But after finding what worked for me a lot if that reversed.
      Just not the teeth now I have all fake teeth
      But guess what with the teeth I can eat things with such great nutritional value
      It’s amazing how found and nutrition is so key to our success
      I hope you find your perfect fit for nutrients

      Find me in Facebook I’d love to hear how your doing

  4. do you mind sharing what kind of vitamins you are taking there are so many out there I am totally getting confused about which ones are really good for you and will absorb into your system. Thanks ,Angie

    1. Hi Angie,

      Mary uses Thrive supplements. She’s also a distributor so feel free to reach out to her for more info. 🙂 (Find her on Facebook: Mary Ziola-Vega and tell her I sent you!)

    2. Hi Angie
      Thrive is what I use. Very simply why it is the first vitamins and nutrients that are so premium grade and so digestible that my body can absorb them. Instead of dumping when I take certain foods in the vitamin just expels Thrive actually absorbs quickly. I’ve had iron infusions B12 shots and all different types of enzymes and this is the only one that has worked. I’ve been on it for four years and I can tell you that not one problem and one not one surgery since I’ve been on Thrive. Look me up on Facebook and I would love to hook you up with a free trial And you can see what I mean.


  5. Any advice for 11 years post op? Having issues with food sticking in my esophagus. Was dilated a year ago and had an esophageal manometry done. Here a year later, its started all over again.

    1. Hi mine does too sometimes I even have to throw up because the pain is so unbearable
      When that happens to me it usually is because I didn’t chew my food enough I still have to chew my food like 25 times.
      Also rice… its a no no for me it blocks my esophagus by sweeping up

      Hot tea works well for me to melt what I ate to digest it.

      Hope this helped ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Hello, just starting the journey researching and talking to a Surgeon. I have read many, many scary stories about how hard the first two weeks are, being sick. I read a lady’s testimony of near death. So I’m getting to the point of not doing it. However, I then look at my 7 grandchildren and three kids and know it’s a must……I weigh 280, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and now pain in my legs. Experiencing A1c’s out of this world. I am 56 years young and afraid of dieing on the table due to the damage I have done. I just keep facing forward and praying.

    1. Picture yourself in great health
      Use visual guide to get you in a positive spot
      Now a days this surgery is only done with people that have been medically tested due healthy enough for the surgery
      So start visualizing you playing with your grand kids watching them graduate high school college etc
      It truly is a positive mind set that will get you thru this
      My email
      Feel free to reach out
      But as many problems I had I’d do it again and know it was a great tool to help me get healthy


  7. Hi Mary, unfortunately I no longer am in Facebook…but I appreciate your reaching out to me. Will try and find the Thrive Vitamins on line somewhere hopefully. Thanks Angie Reneau 😁

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