Norman Regional Health System

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The journey of weight loss is uniquely challenging and deeply personal. For Hanna Gunn, a Journey Clinic patient, this path was not only about reclaiming her health but also about transforming her experience through motherhood.

Hanna's story, which covers her pregnancy complications due to obesity and the empowering decision to undergo bariatric surgery, offers a profound glimpse into the life-changing impact such medical interventions can have.

Before the Transformation: The Struggles of Obesity

The harsh realities of obesity-related complications struck during Hanna's journey into motherhood. During her first pregnancy, she faced numerous challenges, including preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication), high blood pressure and severe migraines.

Her condition led to an early admission to the hospital and the birth of her son Owen, who weighed just 2 pounds, 12 ounces at birth and faced a strenuous two months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

This experience was a wake-up call for Hanna, highlighting the risks associated with her weight on both her health and her ability to deliver her child as she'd hoped.

The Turning Point: Deciding for Bariatric Surgery

Determined to make a change, Hanna turned to Norman Regional Journey Clinic, renowned for its comprehensive weight loss surgery program. Inspired by her mother's success post-surgery and driven by a desire to be active and present for her son, Hanna embarked on a six-month preparation process.

This included dietary changes, consistent logging of food intake and regular consultations with a dietician. Hanna's commitment to this process was not just about losing weight; it was about embracing a healthier lifestyle for the long term.

The Life-Changing Impact of Surgery

Hanna's decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery was a pivotal moment in her life. The surgery, which she approached with confidence thanks to the support and expertise of Journey Clinic, marked the beginning of a new chapter.

The immediate post-surgery recovery was promising, as Hanna quickly began to notice significant weight loss. Within a year, she had lost over 100 pounds, a milestone that profoundly transformed her quality of life.

She could now engage in activities with her son that were previously unimaginable, marking a victory not just in terms of physical health but in her relationship with her child.

A Second Pregnancy, Transformed by Weight Loss

The true testament to Hanna's transformation came with her second pregnancy. Despite fears of recurring pregnancy complications, her journey through pregnancy this time was remarkably different.

Regular monitoring and the support of her medical team ensured a healthy pregnancy, resulting in the birth of her daughter, Kinsley, without complications.

This experience starkly contrasted with her first, highlighting the positive effects of her weight loss on her ability to carry and deliver a healthy baby.

Reflecting on the Journey: The Role of Journey Clinic

Hanna's story is a testament to the critical role that medical support and intervention can play in overcoming obesity and its related challenges.

Journey Clinic emerged not just as a medical provider but as a partner in Hanna's journey towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. The clinic's comprehensive approach, emphasizing pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery support, was instrumental in her success.

The Ripple Effect of Transformation

The impact of Hanna's weight loss extends beyond her physical health. It has redefined her self-image, her capabilities as a mother, and her outlook on life.

The joy of being able to actively participate in her children's lives and the relief of a complication-free second pregnancy are the capstone of her journey's success.

Hanna's story is a powerful reminder of the transformative potential of weight loss surgery, not just for the individual but for their loved ones as well.

Are You Looking to Make a Change?

Journey Clinic stands out as a pillar of hope for many facing similar struggles, offering not just medical interventions but a roadmap to a new, healthier way of living. Hanna’s story, while unique to her, is not an uncommon occurrence.

Experts estimate that maternal obesity contributes to one-quarter of pregnancy complications.

Offering full-spectrum weight loss care, including medical weight loss, surgical weight loss, nutrition counseling and classes, dietician visits and access to mental health professionals, Journey Clinic is here to help every step of the way because wellness is a journey, not a destination.

If you are interested in Journey Clinic’s services, call 405-515-2049 to schedule an appointment.