Greta: LAP-BAND Surgery
Everyone tells you that life is a journey, for some of us the journey has so many more steps, and so many more paths. My journey began many years ago when my weight was spiraling out of control, my body was doing “crazy things” and I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My doctor diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS. With lots of medication some of the problems that I was having were beginning to get under control except my weight. My insulin resistance had made my weight balloon 100 lbs in what seemed overnight. No matter what diet plan I tried nothing worked. I researched the Lap Band, and then finally decided to go for it and make the lifestyle commitment. My insurance helped pay for the procedure. 6 Months prior I had to go to physiological counseling and diet classes. During this time I changed my thinking on how I ate, drank and exercised. I knew I wanted to make this change for myself to make me feel and look better. Surgery and recovery was a breeze. I’m 1 year out and I’ve only had success. I’ve lost 95 lbs and I’m buying clothes that are small and mediums in tops and 8 and 10 in pants. Before my surgery my shirt size was 2x and pants was a 22. I think the most important thing is to not focus on a number on the scale. Just get to the size that makes you happy. Since surgery, I have come off most of my medications for the PCOS. I know that my journey with PCOS and weight issues will always be around but with the Lap Band it makes everything so manageable.