Rhonda: Lap-Band success

Rhonda before and after lapband

There is a certain vulnerability when talking about the struggles of being overweight. Not everyone has walked a day in your shoes, but most can understand and sympathize where you have come from.

Life before the surgery was a struggle. I was teased in school, I felt the uncomfortable stares and snickers when eating at a restaurant, and would even stare at my feet when I walked to avoid the looks from people that I walked by. To me, I always saw judgment on their faces.
It was not only my Mom who urged me to go to a seminar and seriously look into the Lap-Band surgery (she wanted me to get my life back); but also the day I was leaving work for the day and was so winded walking to my car that I knew I needed to do something to change how I lived. I was slowly killing myself and didn’t realize what I was doing.

I met Dr. Cywes at Memorial Hospital for his Lap-Band seminar in May 2007. I listened to every detail and knew that this was what I needed. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and I had hope that he could help. Since that day, I never looked back. I had surgery February 28, 2008 and had no problems with the surgery or the recovery. The first year was a struggle for me. I lost my Mom three months before my surgery. It was difficult for me to deal with her death, and also get acclimated to life with the Band, and I rebelled against it. Once I got myself on track with my life and regained my focus on losing weight, I couldn’t believe how fast I lost the weight! The Band has completely changed my life! To date, I have lost 145 pounds! I still have more to lose, but I am almost to my goal weight and couldn’t be happier!

With the help of Dr. Cywes and his staff, I have realized that the old me hid behind food as a shield. Now, I find more productive ways to deal with life’s stresses. I am much more confident and happy. I have no problems with physical activities. I actually enjoy having my picture taken (whereas before I ran from a camera). I love to go shopping, there is no greater feeling than trying on clothes and you have to go the next size down! I would encourage anyone who has thought about having the surgery to go to a seminar. It will change your life and give you hope!

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5 Responses to “Rhonda: Lap-Band success”
  • Aunt Kelly says:

    OMGosh Rhonda, you LOOK ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !!!! I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW PROUD I AM OF YOU FOR GETTING YOUR LIFE TO WHERE YOU WANT IT !! WE ALL WANT THAT, BUT WE ARE NOT ALL SUCCESSFUL AT DOING IT ! YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL BEFORE YOU LOST THE WEIGHT, AND I TRULY WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU STILL ARE…….. I CAN SEE MORE OF YOUR HAPPINESS IN YOUR FACE. YOU GO GIRL !

    YOU KEEP IT UP, AND KNOW YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS EVERY DAY! I LOVE & MISS YOU … AUNT KELLY

    P.S. COME SEE ME SOON,,,, COLORADO WAITS FOR YOU !! XOXO

  • Becky Whitaker says:

    Rhonda, You are a beautiful young woman! All those emotions you described regarding the stares & chastisements from others is exactly what every obese person goes through daily, & you are right, most people don’t understand because they have not walked in your shoes. Your mom would be so proud of what you’ve done. Congratulations on your success!

  • Debra says:

    You are more than a success story, you are a blessing to yourself and to all the persons who read this newsletter and want to lose weight and are not quite ready to make the commentment for a life change.
    I had my surgery in 2008 and I must say, it is truly a life changing method for me and my family. My family is so happy for me to have courage enough to make the change. I truly feel better after being 100 pounds lighter.
    May God continue to bless your success.

  • Barbara Shepherd says:

    I am watching your weight go down each week. I think you look great. I talk about your success with my friends. Keep up the good work. I am really proud of you.

  • Phyliss Schenck says:

    Rhonda
    I could not beleive it when I saw you this weekend. We are all very proud of you. I am happy that you have not lost that sweet Rhonda in your journey. You should be very proud of you. Stay true to you and keep up the good work.
    Love Aunt Phyl in New York.

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