Catawba Valley Medical Center, 107.9 The Link and Ramona Holloway hosted an ONLINE WEBCAST with the surgical weight loss team. You can watch the replay below, and learn more about Ramona's surgery and weight loss surgery options.

  • Surviving the Liquid Diet

    Once you get your surgery date comes (cue the fanfare) the LIVER SHRINKAGE DIET Its designed to get your body ready for surgery and make RECOVERY FASTER. Read More
  • Dancing (and Crying) with the Stars

    Amber Riley is the only reason why I'm watching "Dancing with the Stars" this season. I fell in love with her on "Glee." Read More
  • Scale Watching

    Some might say its a bad habit I've developed in the first few months after my gastric bypass surgery at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

    I weigh myself practically every day.  I'm usually pleasantly surprised at what I see.  The first 32 weeks after my surgery showed me constant progress toward my goal.  Frankly, I got spoiled by constantly seeing the numbers drop dramatically.  Five pounds lost in one week, seven the next.

    T Read More

  • Dear Moms

    Dear Moms,

    I'm writing this from my mom's hospital room. I simply couldn't stand to be anywhere else right now.  Since her spine surgery on Sept. 19th I've spent about 20 hours a day right here.  With all the nurses, aides, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietary workers and case managers visiting her room around the clock, I haven't had much rest.  But that has given me time to think.  I'll have lots more time to think in the com Read More

  • I Kicked a Demon in the Crotch

    Study after study confirms what I've lived:  "Appearing in the journal Pediatrics, the study found an association of severity of sexual and physical abuse during childhood and adolescence with obesity during adulthood."  

    The Centers for Disease Control has found that one in four girls and one in six boys have been sexually abused by the age of 18.  "National surveys indicate that more than a third of American women experienced some form o Read More

The Link's Ramona Holloway has struggled with weight-loss and diabetes for most of her life. While from time to time she's had success in getting some of the weight off, she's never found an acceptable solution for her diabetes. Join her through video and blogs on this page as she explores surgical weight-loss with Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Don’t Battle Your Weight Problem Alone. Our weight loss surgery team partner with you to achieve sustained weight loss, improve serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and to enhance your quality of life. We use the latest surgical technique and equipment to ensure safe and successful weight-loss surgery. We also provide the comprehensive support and education you need before, during and after surgery to ensure your success in reaching your health and lifestyle goals. Live the Life of Your Dreams. Learn more...

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  1. Lets Just Be Frank posted on 07/25/2011 01:44 PM
    I hope everything works out for you Ramona! We're all behind you here at the station!
    1. Ninehitter posted on 09/22/2011 11:08 AM
      @Lets Just Be Frank Good for you Ramona. The positives from the surgeries are amazing. Make sure to choose a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence to do your procedure. Look forward to seeing you after pics soon.
  2. lyndan_8184 posted on 09/21/2011 04:16 PM
    I am so happy for you, Ramona!! It will be a huge adjustment but well worth it. I am also going to CVMC to have surgery. Mine is scheduled for October 6th along with my aunt Mary. We are each others support person and going through it together. It is very important to have the support of family and friends and even people that you may or may not know that have gone though it. I admit I have had some reservations these past few days, probably just nerves, but I plan on taking advantage of the next support group meeting!!! Wish me luck! And good luck to you too!!
    I hope that all goes well for you too!! Love ya Girl!!
  3. CindyB_20 posted on 09/21/2011 05:11 PM
    God bless you Ramona!! It's a very difficult decision to make. I work in an outpatient gastroenterology center and we see a lot of patients"pre-op". I give nothing BUT encouragement to these patients because it really takes a lot to undergo surgery to help you lose weight.
    I'm behind you 100%!!!! It's the best decision since you weren't able to keep the weight off through diet and exercise (not easy either!).Type 2 diabetes is a very debilitating disease. Lose the weight and get it under control!!!!
  4. AmandaJ_2813 posted on 09/21/2011 05:49 PM
    AWESOME Ramona! Good decision and thanks for having the courage to talk about it on the radio. You're an inspiration. :-)
  5. WandaR_8832 posted on 09/21/2011 06:12 PM This comment was edited by a moderator at 01:53 PM on 10/14/2011
    Ramona, I have met you several times and think you are wonderful, my favorite radio personality. I am so proud of you and your decision, would love to give you a hug. I listen to you and Matt all the time and to know you is to love you. Good luck, beautiful lady, and wishing you huge success in your courageous decision! Your many fans will follow your progress and I send prayers, love and hugs for what I know will be such a huge blessing for your health. You are truly an inspiration!

    Wanda Raby
  6. CaraT posted on 09/21/2011 09:36 PM
    hi Ramona - I wish you success and happiness on your journey. I am two years out from the surgery and have no regrets. It was a soul searching process to reach the decision to have surgery. I had to make big investment in lifestyle changes leading up to the surgery. It is so important to create a strong support network when you go through such a big life changing event. I had type two diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and was also on anti hypertensive meds to protect my kidneys, like you. I have lost 135 lbs overall and no longer take medicine for diabetes or need cpap machine for apnea. The diabetes resolved almost immediately following surgery. I will follow your progress and keep you in my thougths for a successful outcome.
  7. DanP_4851 posted on 09/22/2011 10:20 AM
    Best of Luck! You will succeed. I had the sleeve about a month ago, lost 44 so far. Same struggles you are facing. It's all worth it. Wife had the by-pass with amazing results.
  8. KimberlyK_9 posted on 09/22/2011 10:23 AM
    Ramona, I want to congratulate you on making a decisions to take control of your struggle with weight and change your life. It takes a brave soul to share all of that with the world. I too am taking the step to better myself through bariatric surgery. I have a couple more months on the doctor supervised diet required by my insurance and then it is just a matter of submitting paperwork, waiting for approval, and getting a date. I am hoping and praying to get my surgery before the end of the year. Good luck on your journey. I am glad I can share it with you.
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