Autumn 2003
When the Yo-Yo Got Stuck in the Up Position
Feature Story
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Changed One Man's Life

“I was overweight as a kid,” 59-year-old Daniel Correia of Stratford recalls. “My mom was a great baker. We always had homemade bread, cakes, pies….”

In the late 1980s he reached 280 pounds—and from then on, no matter how much he starved himself, he couldn’t lose weight. The yo-yo was stuck—in the up position.

Daniel Correia shows off his motorcycle six months after weight loss surgery.
In this issue...
It’s 1971. America is buzzing about the Pentagon Papers. The U.S. table tennis team has opened the door to diplomatic relations with China. And a terrible explosion at United Illuminating’s Bridgeport Harbor Station leaves several people badly burned. They are quickly taken to Bridgeport Hospital.

Recently, your mother has changed. She’s always taken good care of her health, but now she won’t eat the foods she used to love, or get her hair done at the beauty parlor...

When you know that someone you love is coming to the end of his or her life, your own life can become overwhelming. Feelings of sorrow, stress, confusion, and helplessness may create an emotional fog that can make it hard for you, and your loved one, to plan. You may find yourself wondering, “What do I do next?”

It started with a tingling, itchy, numb feeling in your palm, thumb, and first two fingers — especially at night. Then you started dropping things. Now hand discomfort and pain are affecting your work. And that’s a problem, because, you’re on the keyboard all day. You can’t have your hand slowing you down!

I’m 65, and my primary care physician just diagnosed me with borderline high blood pressure. She gave me a diet to follow and said I need to exercise—which I am doing. How will I know if my efforts are working?