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What was the biggest challenge or concern that led you to decide to have weight loss surgery?

Stella Before and AfterI 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.

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