The Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services program is committed to providing you with a lifetime of support on your weight loss journey. In addition to regular follow-up appointments and this interactive online community, Healthy Weighs, we also host monthly support groups. We’ve found that patients who regularly participate in support opportunities tend to be successful in achieving and maintaining their weight loss goals.
Attending our monthly support group is a great way to connect with others who are on a similar weight loss journey.
- If you are facing struggles, this is a place to learn how others have successfully overcome those same challenges.
- If you’ve been successful, you may be just the inspiration another patient needs to spur their success.
- If you are a weight loss surgery patient and have experienced regain, our support groups are a safe and welcoming place for you – let us help you get back on track!
- If you are considering surgery, come and join us. What better way to learn than to talk to others who’ve had the experience!
People don’t function as islands, most of us are social creatures and when we get together we learn, laugh and come away feeling lighter and more confident. Because your environment has a tremendous impact on your success, we not only welcome, but heartily encourage, your family members/support persons to come and participate with you!
If you are facing a tough issue that can’t wait until the next support group meeting or if you can’t attend, post your questions or concerns here in our online community, Healthy Weighs. The community is continually monitored and updated with blog posts, discussion forums and patient stories. It is a great resource for you to get information and feedback from our team and from other patients and we encourage you to use it often.
Finally, we want to hear from you! We are beginning to plan next year’s support groups. Please share your ideas for support group topics in the online community’s support group discussion forum.
Wishing you a blessed, beautiful, safe and successful rest of the summer!
Trish Jarrell, RN, is the clinical manager of the Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services program at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital.