Hi, my name is Jennifer and I’m a 29 year old nurse. For people my age, I think a gastric band is a big step to take, but since having my surgery my life has changed so much. From my childhood, I had a great appetite. My parents divorced when I was 7 and I was left alone most of the time, always with fast food. At 11 years old my mother sent me to a “weight loss camp”, which worked for a short amount of time, but I regained everything I had lost, and some more! By the age of 12 I was back at the “weight loss camp” again, with the same results, re-gaining my lost weight pretty fast. This pretty much continued until I was 25, yo-yoing up and down until I reached a weight of 20 stone! I started considering a gastric band, but fell pregnant again, so that put it on hold.
Last year, I started my search for a gastric band clinic online. I really searched allot! I called a couple of clinics in Ireland, and noticed a big difference right away when I called David in Auralia. Right away, he made me feel relaxed and at ease. He gave me hope and self belief that I could get to my weight loss goals. It was crazy, one call and it changed my life. Other clinics also sounded good, but they charged for a consultation, which I didn’t like. David told me my consultation would be free, which I really liked. Why should I have to pay just to get information?
I made my mind up after the consultation to have my gastric band surgery. This was carried out in September 2013, weighing just under 20 stone.
It is now July 2014, and I can proudly say that I weigh 11.5 stone.
It was a little tough in the beginning, I mean, its changing habits of a lifetime, but after a couple of weeks it became allot easier. This was thanks to the weight loss team, helping me when I found it hard. I love the regular calls that I get from David, just to check on me. People don’t recognise me anymore, which is a great feeling. I don’t recognise myself now, because the new me can say no to food! David and the team never put a doubt in my mind about the quality of care I would get. They believed in me from day one. For that, I will always be grateful. My gastric band is my new best friend!
(Results may differ from person to person)