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Niki Spence

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    Niki Spence got a reaction from PublicDisaster in Still no 2004 Bandsters here???   
    I'm 11 years in.... still at goal weight. Happy Bandster here!
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from jfc193 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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    Niki Spence got a reaction from razzcatt in Upcoming Fill/Defill Day in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta   
    My Fellow Albertans! If you are able, and need your band adjusted, I am organizing a Fill Day in Edmonton, AB on Thursday, October 10th and then in Calgary, AB on either Friday, October 11th or Saturday, October 12th. If you are interested, please contact me! If you can't make those dates, reach out to me anyways and we can talk about options. Hope I can help those Slimband / CIBO / Smartshape / other lapband bandsters that need support!
    Hugs,
    Niki
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from PublicDisaster in Still no 2004 Bandsters here???   
    I'm 11 years in.... still at goal weight. Happy Bandster here!
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    Niki Spence reacted to elcee in Something just isn’t right   
    I think it depends on which way the band slips.

    Best thing to do is to go and get it checked ASAP

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    Niki Spence reacted to Julie norton in Disappearing lapbanders   
    Yep. Some of us old timers need to get on the board.... many are gone.
    I’m going on 13 years soon and am totally happy. Don’t think it didn’t take YEARS to figure out fills, diet
    And sometimes you may go up and down ... I’m very grateful.
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from Dtrain84 in Goal Weight Achieved   
    Awesome! Congrats!

    Sent from my SM-G973W using BariatricPal mobile app

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    Niki Spence reacted to Dtrain84 in Goal Weight Achieved   
    I made my goal weight today! I endured a lot during my journey including a 11 month stall but I finally made it!
    RNY: 4/11/17
    HW:334
    SW: 324
    CW: 189
    GW: 190


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    Niki Spence got a reaction from jfc193 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I have had my band for 11 years.... for the first year, I was toooooo tight - throwing up all the time - lost all my weight, but had the band replaced after a year because it slipped. Ten years later, I have kept all my weight off, but there is a leak in the tubing somewhere so the saline doesn't stay in the band. I can get a fill, feel a bit of restriction, and then it fades. The scar tissue and band itself provide some restriction - enough to keep my weight stable. I am at 143 lbs - about 10 pounds higher than where I used to be a few years ago - but better than being 265. I believe that each weight loss surgery serves a purpose - one isn't necessarily "better" than the other because each person is different: some of us are volume eaters with no off-switch, others are emotional eaters, some of us have certain health concerns that would make duodenal switch or bypass a better choice than the sleeve.... It doesn't matter which surgery that you and your surgeon decide to go with, it is a difficult life-changing decision. Feel confident in your decision and stick to the guidance that your advisor gives you.
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    Niki Spence reacted to Trouvette in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I wanted to share this with my fellow bandsters. As of this morning, I have broken through the 200lbs threshold! The last time I was at this weight, I had just started college 15 years ago.

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    Niki Spence reacted to Jack in Disappearing lapbanders   
    Congrats to jfc!!! Compliance means We the Individual must do our own share of the work. Glad to see some are more disciplined that I sometimes manage
    Same Band since 2004, last fill adjustment nearly 10 years ago.
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from jfc193 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I have had my band for 11 years.... for the first year, I was toooooo tight - throwing up all the time - lost all my weight, but had the band replaced after a year because it slipped. Ten years later, I have kept all my weight off, but there is a leak in the tubing somewhere so the saline doesn't stay in the band. I can get a fill, feel a bit of restriction, and then it fades. The scar tissue and band itself provide some restriction - enough to keep my weight stable. I am at 143 lbs - about 10 pounds higher than where I used to be a few years ago - but better than being 265. I believe that each weight loss surgery serves a purpose - one isn't necessarily "better" than the other because each person is different: some of us are volume eaters with no off-switch, others are emotional eaters, some of us have certain health concerns that would make duodenal switch or bypass a better choice than the sleeve.... It doesn't matter which surgery that you and your surgeon decide to go with, it is a difficult life-changing decision. Feel confident in your decision and stick to the guidance that your advisor gives you.
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from jfc193 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I have had my band for 11 years.... for the first year, I was toooooo tight - throwing up all the time - lost all my weight, but had the band replaced after a year because it slipped. Ten years later, I have kept all my weight off, but there is a leak in the tubing somewhere so the saline doesn't stay in the band. I can get a fill, feel a bit of restriction, and then it fades. The scar tissue and band itself provide some restriction - enough to keep my weight stable. I am at 143 lbs - about 10 pounds higher than where I used to be a few years ago - but better than being 265. I believe that each weight loss surgery serves a purpose - one isn't necessarily "better" than the other because each person is different: some of us are volume eaters with no off-switch, others are emotional eaters, some of us have certain health concerns that would make duodenal switch or bypass a better choice than the sleeve.... It doesn't matter which surgery that you and your surgeon decide to go with, it is a difficult life-changing decision. Feel confident in your decision and stick to the guidance that your advisor gives you.
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    Niki Spence got a reaction from jfc193 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I have had my band for 11 years.... for the first year, I was toooooo tight - throwing up all the time - lost all my weight, but had the band replaced after a year because it slipped. Ten years later, I have kept all my weight off, but there is a leak in the tubing somewhere so the saline doesn't stay in the band. I can get a fill, feel a bit of restriction, and then it fades. The scar tissue and band itself provide some restriction - enough to keep my weight stable. I am at 143 lbs - about 10 pounds higher than where I used to be a few years ago - but better than being 265. I believe that each weight loss surgery serves a purpose - one isn't necessarily "better" than the other because each person is different: some of us are volume eaters with no off-switch, others are emotional eaters, some of us have certain health concerns that would make duodenal switch or bypass a better choice than the sleeve.... It doesn't matter which surgery that you and your surgeon decide to go with, it is a difficult life-changing decision. Feel confident in your decision and stick to the guidance that your advisor gives you.
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    Niki Spence reacted to Dan89 in Disappearing lapbanders   
    I just got the lapband done a week ago. My surgeon who is very well respected has discontinued sleeve operations because of newly released research showing weight gain over time. He truely believes in lapband, and so should we. It gets a bad rap because it places greater responsibility on patients to work with the surgical team in adjusting the band over time. If you look at those having issues.. common complaints are that they couldn't keep food down for months on end.. I mean okay, but why didn't they get the band adjusted? You can't blame lapband for that.
    I am only one week post op, but I would take lapband over sleeve or bypass anyday of the week.
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    Niki Spence reacted to Goober in Anyone in the Barrie, Ontario area?   
    Hi there;
    I am getting my band on July 10 and would like to know if there are any local support groups, forums etc.
    Thanks
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    Niki Spence reacted to Julie norton in TOO SOON FOR FILL?   
    My one cent: my band does swell on flights.... I have to Baby it with yogurt. Or string cheese.
    Stuck in the air is no bueno. I spent too much time uncomfortable or in the bathroom before I learned this.
    Almost 12 years for me, and still I need to keep certain restrictions at times
    ...flying is one of them
    (For long flights and trips, I do have a small amount removed.... not going to Italy on my dream vacation and fighting my band)


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