[color=#9900cc][font=georgia,serif]My name is Sara and I am 27 and I currently live in SW Florida for the time being. I have a fiance living in Tennessee, Chattanooga area and I will be joining up with him hopefully soon! I currently weigh about 350 at this time and I think my highest recorded is 365. I am not doing good with that! I am so overwhelmed when I get to thinking about how big I have gotten.
I started getting chunky when I was about 8 years old or so and have remained big ever since, gradually getting bigger and bigger until, well, now. I've never really lost anything at any given time that was more then 20-30 lbs. It's not that I give up, I just sort of stop losing. I am always trying different diets and things like that. I unfortunately have not tried too many things that I probably should have, like weight watchers because I've never really been able to afford it.
This past year I finally got my career rolling, YEAH!!! So I had a little bit of extra money to roll out so I decided to try this thing called Roca Labs because my fiance told me about it and explained that their websites advertises it as "mini gastric bypass with NO surgery" so I was all excited about that. I have a sister who is 30 now and she had RNY and has been successful with it but on the other token does not take care of herself. I am not the same way, I would never abuse some privelege as that because I absolutely have been fighting with weight my whole life whereas she only has in the past 5-6 years. Not that it invalidates her in any way, do not get me wrong. I'm just saying that I know better than to take advantage. It's only ever been a DREAM for me to have some kind of HELP.
So this Roca Labs things was pretty cool. I have a youtube channel that I documented my progress on and actually lost like 20 lbs somewhere in there but after having had a vacation where I could not take the stuff for the diet, I sort of fell off the bandwagon for about a week. Once I got back home and started to go back on it, it was almost as if I grew an allergy to it. There is nothing wrong with the product, I actually have all high up things to say about the product, it's just for me personally I could not get the stuff down anymore. The taste and texture just get to me too bad for whatever reason. I don't know why exactly either, because I didn't have much of an issue before my vacation.
So then I just sort of was down in the dumps about it all because my fiance is still actively on that diet program thing and he totally lost about 30+ lbs and he is doing so well but I didn't. 20 lbs is awesome and I'm happy about that, but it took so long compared to him that we think that maybe with my weight and how my body is that maybe it is just going to take a bit more assistance than what that program offers.
So we started looking into insurance for me because I work as an independent contractor and do not have insurance, and along the way I just sort of got to thinking about insurance companies and which ones would offer benefits for a surgery like that (like I know that a lot of United HC plans help with it and BCBS, etc) but when I started researching more about that my options got more and more disappointing for the fact that I have not had insurance in a while and usually you have to purchase some sort of "rider" and it is just a mess.
But not to fear, right? Because then I went onto my LOCAL bariatric surgeon's website and 'lo and behold they had some sort of out of pocket "Deal" going on. So I just had a whole new glimmer of hope shine before my eyes and I was wondering what that entails. Do you pay it all up front? Is it a payment plan? So then I talked to a friend of mine who is somewhat big in the RNY WLS community on YouTube and she told me about financing and how sometimes surgeons will have financer affiliates so I was like what? Really? So I could basically apply for a medical credit card to help with something like this to help me? And she said basically in a nutshell yes that is what could happen!
So I started looking up Tennessee bariatric surgeons in Chattanooga area and that is when I came across the Gastric Band Institute with Dr. Ponce, Dr. Paynter and Dr. Fromm that they offer both of the band surgeries as well as the sleeve! I will admit originally I had considered the band because yeah, it's removable if something happens and customizable and blah blah. But upon my research here on the forums it seems to come with a lot more complications and things, especially with finding followup doctors who will fill it and all that and I just don't like the idea of having a PORT attached inside my muscle for years.
So here I am, fully decided on the sleeve and already having had contacted the facility with a few basic questions and stuff. I am just here for support and hopefully to find answers to questions that may come up. I have yet to even move to Tennessee so it will be a couple of months but this is 100% going to happen when I get there. If it wasn't for my fiance, this wouldn't be happening. I love him so much, he is like.. my miracle, the man who is helping to make my dreams come true. I can't even begin to express how amazing he has been to me and that I have met him like "this".
Update: I am doing this in Fort Myers, Florida with Dr. Thomas Bass and paying through www.medicalfinancing.com[/font][/color]
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Starting Weight: 353 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 244 lbs
Goal Weight: 175 lbs
Weight Lost: 109 lbs
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 06/11/2012
Surgery Date: 06/27/2012
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Financed
Insurance Outcome: n/a
Discordya's Bariatric Surgeon
Gulf Coast Bariatrics
8340 Collier Blvd
Naples, Florida 34114