So... if I'm going to start talking about my present, I suppose I should start with a little bit of my past.
I'm pretty sure that most people don't wake up with a wild hair and decide to just go out and get WLS. I mean, maybe there are a few... but typically, it takes some thought and some research and years of frustration to get to that point.
For me, it's been 6yrs worth of investigating and more than 20yrs of fighting with my weight. And I do mean fighting. I remember very vividly starting my first diet when I was 9 - and it's been on and off ever since. You name it, I've probably tried it. I've tried exercising. I've tried non-processed foods. Nothing has worked. According to my doctors, I just hit the genetic lottery. After years of struggling, I had five different doctors tell me that unless I was willing to take some drastic measures, the weight wasn't coming. That was in 2006.
I started investigating and found a surgeon I liked - but unfortunately by the time I started pursuing things, he was no longer on my insurance. I decided to take that as a sign and wait for a bit. I had two friends who had been banded around the time I started doing my research and knew I'd have a perfect opportunity for seeing all the good, bad and ugly.
Fast forward five years to 2011... I was no longer working as a bedside nurse, but instead working as an educator in IT. My two friends had lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off. And several of my new coworkers had also had some form of WLS. I decided maybe it was time again to take a step of faith and investigate the lapband again.
After a restful Labor Day weekend trip to see my best friend and her family, I knew it was time to do something about my weight. I made my consultation for the Tuesday after Labor Day and found out that my insurance would cover the surgery 100%. At that point, there was no looking back...
Fast forward again to April 11, 2012. I was banded that morning, 4 days before my birthday... which I found highly appropriate since it was the beginning of my new life.