I’d do it again tomorrow. The best part has been what it’s done for my health. I was on 11 different medications for my various health problems. Now I’m down to three. My acid reflux and sleep apnea are completely gone and I have been able to cut the doses of insulin for my diabetes in half.
Being overweight most of my adult life, I thought I had grown comfortable with my size, but as the years went by, my body became a burden. At 345 lbs., I had developed Type II diabetes. As a result, I had to take medication four times a day and developed diabetic neuropathy in my fingers and feet. My doctors told me that any quality of life would only last for the next 8-10 years – all because of my weight. My only option was permanent weight loss. Because the LAP-BAND® System is a less invasive surgery I had a small recovery time and experienced little discomfort. It’s the best investment I ever made. A year and a half later I went from 345 lbs. to 212 lbs. – I lost 133 lbs.! I don’t have to take any medication for diabetes anymore. Because of my weight loss with the LAP-BAND® System, I am now able to live life again, instead of just existing.
I’ve struggled my whole life with my weight, like many of you. My father is a doctor, and he watched and supported me through all of the diet plans, none of which I could stick to long term. The minute I went off the diet, the weight would come back, and then some. Physically, I suffered from knee and back pain, chronic GERD and asthma. Emotionally, I felt isolated. My dad is the one who introduced me to the LAP-BAND® System, and encouraged me to really take it seriously. I learned that I was ready to and willing to commit to a new lifestyle, and that the LAP-BAND® System was right for me. I was scared at first that I would fail again – but I had the support of my dad, the advice and help from my nutritionist and surgeon who monitored me very closely. Pretty soon the weight started falling off and before I knew it, I had lost 110 lbs.! I’ve never looked back – my LAP-BAND® System keeps me in control of my life and my lifestyle, and I’m healthy and happy, at last.