Janessa McCracken | 35-years-old | Harleysville
Sleeve Gastrectomy

Enough was enough for Janessa McCracken. The 35-year-old insurance agent weighed 300 pounds and had tried everything to lose weight on her own through diet and exercise. Nothing worked. Her motivation dwindled with each passing day. Yet she longed to have a more active lifestyle and the chance to have a baby with her husband, Jim, with whom she has three stepsons.

Janessa’s primary care physician suggested bariatric surgery as a way to lose excess weight and improve her overall health. From the moment she met Grand View Health Bariatric Surgeon, Michael K. Fishman, MD, at the hospital’s free informational seminar, Janessa knew he was going to change her life.

She qualified for surgery and underwent a sleeve gastrectomy on Nov. 18, 2015. Eight months after her procedure, Janessa was exercising regularly, adjusting her diet, and enjoying a new outlook on life, all while losing 120 pounds. She decided to pay it forward by helping others who struggle with obesity-related issues by writing a blog chronicling her personal journey.

“People come into your life for a reason,” Janessa said. “Because of Dr. Fishman and the bariatric team, I have new confidence, more energy and endless possibilities. They helped me press the restart button. I feel this need to help others do the same.”