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About JennBand08

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  • Birthday 01/05/1969

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I've always been a little bit overweight growing up. As I grew into an adult and had children the weight just kept coming on. I would go on diets and lose maybe 10-15 pounds before getting frustrated and giving up. I had my high school reunion last summer and thought 'this time I'll really lose weight'.. as always I tried and failed. I went to my reunion and had a great time, but felt like such a fat cow. I knew after that event that I needed help. I fooled myself into thinking I wouldn't qualify for  WLS... but in reality, when I finally got the courage to attend a seminar, I found out  with a BMI of 38, that I did in fact qualify. I found out my insurance would cover Lap band, so I decided to go for it. I went through all the testing and then when it came time to schedule my surgery, I panicked. Surgery? A band around my stomach.. FOREVER?  Did I really need that?  Noo.. ofcourse not I told myself. So I took the summer off to try ONE MORE TIME to lose weight on my own. I joined a gym.  Well guess what?  That darn weight still didn't fall off me.. so on August 15th I started my pre-op diet ( 2 weeks of Optifast). And I lost 11 pounds.  I had my surgery on September 4th, 2008.  The band was what I needed. I'm a slow loser.. I still make poor food choices sometimes, but the band has given me the control I needed. If I mess up and eat something fattening, I can only eat a little bit of it. I cannot do NEARLY as much damage as I could in life before band. Getting 'stuck' really hurts. And yes.. there are times as I'm standing over the toilet sliming and I wonder WHY did I do this to myself, but then I look at my body in the mirror and smile. Hey.. where is the fat chick? I will always remember her, but I hope she is gone forever!

Age: 55
Height: 5 feet 2 inches
Starting Weight: 208 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 160 lbs
Goal Weight: 138 lbs
Weight Lost: 48 lbs
BMI: 29.3
Surgery: LAP-BAND
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 04/16/2008
Surgery Date: 09/05/2008
Hospital Stay: 3 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
JennBand08's Bariatric Surgeon
125 Shaw Street
New London, Connecticut 6340

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