"My body was sending me signals that I needed to do something. I kept gaining weight each year, experienced dizziness, had acid-reflux, sleep apnea and high cholesterol. I would eat Rolaids like candy. I was starting to have knee pains and get short of breath. At practice and at school, I would have to sit down more. It was becoming harder to do things. I overate and failed many attempts at dieting.
I wanted a better quality of life, to live longer, and lose weight. I wanted to be around for my family and friends. If I was going to continue with my teaching and coaching, I had to do something, and was determined to make a change.
Post-surgery, I have a whole new life and a whole new world! I have 100 times more energy. Now I eat right and exercise right - and I'm able to run again! I've lost weight. I no longer have dizziness or sleep apnea, and I haven't needed a Rolaid since my Lap-Band® surgery. My cholesterol is lower. I have a more positive outlook and am able to do more than I was able to do before the surgery.
The doctors and staff are very caring and supportive. They gave me a lot of guidance and are a fantastic support system, explaining things and helping me the whole way. They've shown me that this is a lifetime process and have helped with my short-term and long-term goals. Also, my family, friends, co-workers, and students have been an invaluable part of my support system.
Lap-Band is a tool. With the proper nutrition and exercise it has opened up whole new world for me. If I had to do it over again, I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat!"