Natalie: LAP-BAND Surgery
Hello my name is Natalie and here’s my lap band journey. At an early age, I developed a weight problem. The older I got, the more weight I gained. As a result of my weight, I often felt shy and insecure. I appeared happy on the outside, but was very unhappy on the inside because of my weight and how I looked. I used food as a way to make me happy. As a result, I tipped the scale weighting as much as 356 lbs, wearing a size 28/30 in jeans and 4 and 5x shirts. I began to think about my health risks due to my weight such as high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which runs in my family. I wanted a better quality of life and most of all I wanted to prolong my life for the sake of my son.
Working as a Family Nursing Practitioner, I knew that in order to educate my patients about the importance of diet and exercising, I first had to conquer my own weight problems. I’ve tried several diets in the past but all only had temporary weight loss results. I’d heard about the LAP-BAND and had attended one of Dr. Bagnato’s Lap Band seminars few years prior so I began to due more research on the internet. After seeing the amazing results others had had with their lap band, I contacted Dr. Bagnato’s office and on June 28, 2010 I received my lap band surgery performed by Dr. Bagnato.
The LAP-BAND was what I needed to change my life! It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By going to the bariatric center monthly, exercising almost daily, and eating a balanced diet I’ve lost 150lbs in about 18 months. I am healthier and fitter. I feel better about myself emotionally, physically, and mentally. The LAP-BAND has allowed me be more sociable and participating in physical activities with my son is much more enjoyable.
After years of struggling with obesity, I feel more self confident than ever before. I still can not believe this is “my new slim body” when I look in the mirror. I receive compliments daily. I have recommended Dr. Bagnato to one of my friends and she’s also had the LAP-BAND done herself. I want to thank God, Dr. Bagnato, and his wonderful staff for all they’ve done to help me improve my life!
Natalie – YOU LOOK AMAZING!! I’m so proud of you. Keep up the great work! We’re here whenever you need us.
Congratulations!!!!!! You look great!!! Dr. Bagnato is the best!!!!
Your story seems so much like mine yet I am afraid to embark on this journey. I would love to chat with you and ask you some questions if you do not mind. I too have attended one of Dr. Bagnato’s seminars but I am still very afraid.
If you are willing and able to speak to me please contact me at the email address above. Thanks. Jennifer M.
Hey Natalie, your story is the same as mine too. I’m willing to try this new experience with the lap band because I’m ready to see a new healthy ME!!!. If you don’t mind I would like to ask you some questions since you’ve had the surgery and if your willing to share any info please please contact me. You look amazing and I know you feel a whole lot better 2. Keep up the good work:)
Your story is sooooo inspiring and you look AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing your success with the the rest of us…it encourages us to continue our weight loss journey.
Amazing, and you do look great. I am just starting to do my research and have struggled the later part of my mid thirtes and am tired of fighting the gain. What a great story!