Debra: LAP-BAND Surgery
Hi! My name is Debra and I’m a member of the band. The Lap-Band that is!
Let me start out by saying THANK YOU to Dr. Bagnato and ALL of his staff for my new life! On February 26, 2009, I was granted a new birthday – that’s the day I had my surgery. I started this journey weighing 359 lbs. Now, if I were 8 feet tall, I would have been fine but, I’m only 5′ 3″. As you can see by my beginning picture I was a ton of fun. LOL!!! Although I smiled a lot, I was always embarrassed by my size.
I had gotten to point that I didn’t even fit into a booth at any restaurant. I have tried so many different plans and programs, but never have had the will power to stick with them for long. I would lose some weight then gain it back plus some more. After researching the Lap-Band and attending 2 seminars, I knew this was the right thing for me. I am so excited to be a member of the band!!! So far on this journey, I have lost 113 lbs. and I feel so much better. I am amazed at the things I can do now without even thinking about it. I can actually bend over and tie my shoes. Something most people take for granted but we heavy people face each day. I actually have just recently realized how different I am shaped.
I was walking towards a mirrored door at my parent’s house and had to stop and look at myself. I almost cried! My arms were hanging by my side. Normally they sort of just stuck out over my fat sides. I was shocked that my shape has changed so drastically! I normally only looked at myself from the neck up so, to see a full view was awesome!!!
I am even smaller now than when my husband and I got married in 1985. He and our children are so proud of me! I am definitely a much happier person now. It is fun to see people that I haven’t seen since my surgery. The look on their faces still floors me. I still feel like I look the same, crazy isn’t it?! Well I am going to keep working on this body. I do hang in some places but will wear that as a badge of honor for now. Let me end by saying, if you are thinking of having this surgery,
STOP THINKING AND JUST DO IT!! I had mine done on a Thursday and was back at work on the following Monday. I have absolutely no regrets!!! So get off the couch and start your journey. We will work together for a healthier life with added benefit of looking better. LOL!!!