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Sometimes it can be a good thing to lose it on the job.
At least that’s what Debra Petitpain, a registered dietitian with MUSC’s Bariatric Surgery team, thinks. The “I LOST it at MUSC” campaign has struck a chord with people who are buying hats with the slogan.
“People are really getting a good kick out of it,” Petitpain said. “The logo is great because a variety of MUSC employees and patients can wear it with amusement as it may mean something different to everyone.”
Harold Crawford, who had gastric bypass a year ago, recently bought a hat. He likes how it generates conversation about the clinic. Crawford, who lost 86 percent of his excess body weight, said “losing it” gave him a whole new life. “Anyone who has been obese, but now is not, understands what I mean. You lose an old life, but you get a new one.”
He can do simple things with ease, such as getting out of a chair or scratching his back, activities other people take for granted. He went on a cruise recently and was thrilled to go snorkeling for the first time. There are people at work who don’t even recognize him, he said. “That’s the biggest thing is that you got a life now.”
Crawford is a member of MUSC’s Bariatric Surgery Support Group and is glad that proceeds from the hat sales go to support the group. The concept was developed by Petitpain and Nina Crowley, a clinical dietitian with the team, as a way to promote team spirit among the bariatric surgery patients.
Anyone interested in purchasing the $10 hat should send an e-mail to Checks should be made payable to UMA. For more information on MUSC’s Bariatric Surgery Program, visit the Web site at

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

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