What was the biggest challenge or concern that led you to decide to have weight loss surgery?
I had tried every diet known to man; had varying degrees of weight loss with all the weight gained back plus more. I needed an additional restriction that only surgery could give me. I did not consider surgery lightly. My physical health was suffering as well as my self-esteem and confidence. I was thoroughly miserable.
What type of weight loss surgery did you have?
I had adjustable gastric banding with a Lap band on 3/23/11.
How much weight have you lost? I have lost 85 lbs.
How has weight loss surgery changed your life?
I feel so much healthier... I exercise and enjoy it, I am off my blood pressure medications, I no longer obsess about food. I am happier, much more confident, and energetic. My self-esteem is wonderful, especially when clothes shopping. And Lastly I have changed career direction and have joined SMH Comprehensive Bariatric program as program coordinator because I totally believe in this program and want to use my experience to motivate others with obesity struggles.