In June 2010, she ran the Seattle Rock 'N Roll half marathon. On her birthday in October, it was a half marathon in Victoria, British Columbia. A few months and a couple hundred training miles later, she was in Las Vegas pounding the desert asphalt. Misty Baskett, 37, looks like a runner. Her voice elevates an octave when she talks about the "sweet spot" - which for her is miles six through 11. She thinks she looks her best in race photos, when her face is "beet red and dripping with sweat." So, it’s difficult to picture the energetic woman at her heaviest - 370 pounds.
For Traci Bradford, the worst part of being morbidly obese was falling. At more than 300 pounds, she was scared to walk down stairs for fear that she would fall. Traci also suffered from serious health problems related to her
obesity, including asthma, sleep apnea, acid reflux and chronic knee pain.
Weight-Loss Surgery Brings Freedom from Limitations
After talking about her feelings with a close friend,
Whitmore decided to take another look at weight-loss, or
bariatric, surgery. She had researched bariatric surgery
in the past but had never gone further. With the
encouragement of her friend, who agreed to go with her,
Whitmore registered for an informational seminar led by
Dr. Joseph Chebli of Northwest Hospital’s Bariatric