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Denise's Story: "Nothing Tastes at Good as Thin Feels"


Denise Before Surgery

Denise before surgery

Denise After Surgery

Denise nine months after surgery

Like most people considering bariatric surgery, I struggled with my weight for most of my adult life, especially after my children were born.  I was on every crazy diet out there. I would lose some but then gain it back plus more.  One day my daughter came home from school crying.  When I asked her what was wrong she didn’t want to tell me.  The kids on her bus were making fun of me and calling me names because I was so fat.  She said the kids in her classroom were also making fun of me.  For me that was one of the final straws in my decision to get healthier. 

As a registered nurse, I started researching the different types of surgeries and the doctors in the area.  I went to several seminars and researched on line.  At first I didn’t think I was a candidate for the Lap Band because of how heavy I was, but then realized I was and that it was the right choice for me.  I liked how minimally invasive it was and it seemed to have fewer risks. The staff at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center is fantastic.  They prepared everything to help me get approval from my insurance.  The happily answered my hundreds of questions, always with proper information and a smile.  They always put my mind at ease and helped me through the whole process.

My surgery was a success.  I was back to work within a few days and on the road to a new me.  It was pretty easy to adjust to a new way of eating.  I was never hungry and had already started to feel better than I had in years. 

A few weeks after my surgery, I joined a gym and started working out five to seven days a week and loving it.  No one could have told me a month before my surgery that I would be working out that much and loving it. 

I had my surgery in April 2008 at a weight of 360 pounds.  Nine months later, I had already lost 150 lbs and 10 clothing sizes!  I haven’t felt this good since college.  I have more energy.  I love working out.  I love the attention that people give me.  But most of all, I love the effect it has had on my family life.  Now, I can play soccer with my kids.  I can volunteer in their classes without embarrassing them or myself.  And it has deepened my relationship with my husband. One of the best things about losing all this weight is I don’t have to wear elastic waist pants. I can actually wear jeans. 

My only regret about the surgery is not having it sooner.  I read a quote in a magazine and since then have made it my motto:  “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!”

Banner Gateway Bariatric Center
Gateway Medical Pavilion

1920 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 543-2606

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