On March 11th, 2008, I decided that I had enough of being morbidly obese. At 292 lbs., with a history of heart attack, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes on both sides of my family, from my parents up to their grandparents, I am a ticking time bomb, just waiting for something to pick me off. It’s not a question of if, but a question of when.
I am also tired of being fat. I am tired of people looking at me and seeing a fat woman, and not a loving, beautiful, intelligent individual. I am tired of hating myself, being self-conscious, unhappy, and loathing my reflection in the mirror. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy. I want to love myself.
And so begins my journey of lap band surgery.
On April 1st, 2008, I attended an informational lap band seminar. That summer, I attended my first of six sessions with a nutritionist and dietitian. I would have proceeded with the remaining five sessions and had the lap band surgery done in December of 2008, but due to personal circumstances, I had to put things on hold until the spring of 2009.
On March 17th, 2009, I restarted my lap band journey (at 331 lbs., I must shamefully admit). I attended my first session, and things have been progressing smoothly ever since. So long as there are no snags or unexpected obstacles, I should be having my lap band surgery in August of 2009!
On October 29th, 2009, I met with my surgeon to pick a surgery date. I chose to have gastric bypass after we discussed both surgeries, their pros and cons, and how patients are doing after both surgeries. Once I heard that one in three of my surgeon’s band patients were requiring further operations to correct various issues, I did an immediate 180 and chose gastric bypass.
On November 18th, 2009, at 286.6 lbs., I had my gastric bypass surgery.
Page last updated on January 29, 2011.