Our Success Stories

At Ascension Sacred Heart, we understand the weight loss journey might seem overwhelming. That is why we take great pride in celebrating the results our patients experience through our surgical weight loss program. Read the success stories of people who transformed their health and quality of life with the help of our bariatric care team.



Brandi Ramsay

Brandy Ramsay weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss CenterShe Believed She Could, So She Did!
Trying the same old diets and failing, Brandi said "it is time for a change!" At 29 years old, she decided she was ready to make a lifelong commitment to getting healthy. After several attempts at dieting and exercising, only to give up quickly, she began to research weight loss surgery.  After meeting with Dr. Lord at Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center and getting support from her family, Brandi decided to undergo gastric sleeve surgery in August 2016.

After one year, she had lost 115 pounds and was down from a size 22 to size 6!

"This surgery has been one of the biggest tools to help me meet my weight-loss goals.” Since her surgery, Brandi is now a newlywed who walking and spending time outdoors with her husband and their Boston terrier. She is now able to walk stairs, go on daily jogs and eat for the right reasons, not because she is bored. She feels like she has gained years onto her life to spend with her husband, step children and sweet son. She is always on the go and wants the world to know her love for life now.

"This journey has been a blessing, and I cannot wait to see what else God has planned for me!" Brandi encourages everyone who is considering weight loss surgery to speak with Dr. Lord, his excellent staff and "start living the life that has been given to you, happily."


Patrick Moles

Patrick Moles weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center.Patrick had gastric sleeve surgery in June 2016. After one year, he had lost 129 pounds and was down from size 48” to 34” pants and 4X shirts to size M. Patrick works in maintenance. Before surgery, he would get very winded and could only do things for a few minutes. Now, he feels like he has no limitations. He says his whole outlook on life has changed, that he’s more outgoing, and walks taller and prouder. During his weight loss journey, Patrick participated in an online support group, where he met his wife, who recently moved to Pensacola from England.


Lawntrina Belcher

Lawntrina Belcher weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center.Lawntrina had gastric bypass surgery in July 2015. Within two years, she had lost 111 pounds and was down to a size 8. She loves going to the beach because she’s now comfortable enough to wear a swimsuit! Since her surgery, she is better able to keep up with her children. Now, she can even do cartwheels alongside her cheerleader daughter.  She has said that seeing her daughter’s face and how proud she was when she finally tried a cartwheel solidified her confidence in this surgery and what it’s done for her.


Barbara Dunbar

Barbara Dunbar weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss CenterBarbara had gastric bypass surgery in September 2014. Within three years, she had lost 126 pounds and was down from size 26 to a size 4. Barbara is a Type 1 diabetic. Prior to surgery, she had been on an insulin pump for eight years. Now, she is off the pump and has significantly decreased the amount of insulin she is on. Barbara enjoys bowling and fishing, and – with her tremendous weight loss – she is proud that she can ride a bike, bend over and tie her shoes without sitting down, and keep up with her grandkids.  She has been in two 5ks and loves being able to keep up with her family on their recent travels to Okinowa and Hawaii!


Joey Fields

Joy Fields weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss CenterJoey had gastric bypass surgery in October 2014. Within three years, she had lost 100 pounds and was down from size 24 to size 14. She said that weight loss surgery has enabled her to feel good about herself, and it helped her discover that she loves lifting weights.  Working out makes her feel great, and she also enjoys doing it.




Our Bariatric Fashion Show 2017

Each year, we celebrate the success of our weight-loss surgery patients at our Annual Bariatric Fashion Show! Patients-turned-models show off their transformations in health and quality of life as their “before” photos are displayed on a screen behind them while our announcers share highlights of their weight-loss journey. Our 21 patients featured in the 2017 Fashion Show lost a collective 2,484 pounds!

Watch our 2017 video highlight reel here to meet a few of our patients-turned-models!