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After suffering from obesity for nearly 20 years, my weight was beginning to control my life. It was becoming difficult for me to run, play, and be active with my family. I was concerned that they were ashamed to have an obese mother and wife. Because we live in a world where “thin is in”, and since I didn’t fit that picture, I was having problems socially.

I felt as though everyone was staring at me and commenting on my weight. I felt as though I didn’t belong, like an outcast. My general disposition had become one of anger and frustration toward life in general. I was losing the battle against obesity, and I was losing who I was as a person. When my weight reached 250 pounds, I realized that I had to take control of my life and my situation. Knowing that I had been on numerous diets, taken several different diet pills only to lose the weight and regain more, I was scared. Scared of failure. I knew that if I did fail my situation would only grow worse. I started researching several surgical weight loss procedures and learned how they could help me in my battle against obesity.

On June 5, 2006, I underwent LAP-BAND® surgery with Dr. Treen. In just a few weeks my life started to take a turn. The LAP-BAND® was limiting the amount of food I could eat, and I wasn’t hungry all the time. I visited Dr. Treen and Michelle regularly, and they provided me with the knowledge and support I needed to win this battle. They celebrated my success all along the way. All aspects of my life continued to improve as the weight literally fell off. Just 8 months after LAP-BAND surgery, I reached my goal weight of 140 pounds. I feel great, and my energy level is much improved. Not only am I active with my family, I must say they can’t keep up with me now! I feel as though I can take on the world. Not only did I lose 110 pounds, I gained a whole new ME! )

Disclaimer: the opinions and outcomes depicted in text and photography on this page are not a guarantee of your weight loss success. Each individual is unique and your results may vary based on surgical procedure, health, family history, diet and exercise, and adherence to physician guidance.

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