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kellyjb66 posted a blog entry in kellyjb66's BlogLast Tuesday was one of the best days of the rest of my life. Hi Newbie Bandits. After suffering from cancer at 27, I have slowly put on an amazing 65 kg ( double of what I was then). Several years ago I had to have a small tumour removed from my duodenum. The surgeon then discussed with me the possibility of having the gastric band done. Advised that I was morbidly obese ( gosh I hate that saying) she said that the surgery would change my life. I said I would consider it after I had healed from the current surgery. Not long after that I received a letter from the health fund saying they would not be covering gastric banding anymore. I was shattered. No way could I even begin to afford the thousands of dollars for the procedure. My weight has just kept piling on. In March last year my eldest daughter (BekCanDoIt - she is here on the site) had the procedure done. 1o months later she has dropped 30 kgs and looks absolutely amazing. After having a small stroke on Mothers Day last year I knew I had to do something. I have tried every diet, fad, pills, gym, shake , meal plan available but to no avail. Exercise is tough due to the pain I suffer from my weight bearing knees. Last Monday, my hubby came home from work to tell me that a lady at his work has lost an unbelievable amount of weight and looks fabulous. He said if you want it done, go do it. Well I was excited but dismayed at the same time. Rotten health fund said they wouldn't pay. He said call them tomorrow and see what they say. Next morning as soon as the NSW branches opened ( ahead of us here in Qld by 1 hr) I called them. I told the lovely girl why I was calling and would the health fund reconsider in my circumstance as I have high blood pressure and have had the stroke. She advised that I have always been covered and the letter sent out to us was incorrect. Well..... if I could cartwheel, I would have. Then I set the ball in motion. Come 9am, I called the surgeon. As fate would have it she had a cancellation on the 18th Jan. Yep that is mine. She has a turnaround of around 2-3 weeks, so I am getting prepared. I hope that I will have my surgery in February. Next was the call to the GP to get a referral. Appointment booked for 2 days later. He also advised that the government are doing a health check for 45-49 yr old women and that includes the required blood tests. He said that I have his 100% support as he knows how hard I have tried to get rid of the beast that I carry around every day. ( happening tomorrow). My daughter said you will need to see a dietician also and you better book now as they are hard to get into. Thank God for a Band Buddy. Feeling pumped about the success of my 3 earlier calls, I called the dietician that my daughter had seen. The receptionist advised me that she no longer worked in the area...... My heart sank.... Next breath she says would you like to see another dietician , I can fit you in on 24th Jan. My oath I will..... As I said before, my daughter Bek has been banded for 10 mths now and was so wrapped that I have made the decision. She told me about the dreaded liquid diet to reduce the fat in your liver. That was my next goal. Get them shakes happening. Started Optifast last Wed. Only having 2 shakes and a meal per day and fruit or low carb snacks when I feel hunger pangs. In the process have lost 2kg in 6 days. I said to my girls and my hubby . This was meant to be. Bring on my date for surgery. Can't wait. Last Tuesday was one of the best days of the rest of my life. Cheers , Kelly
â€œTake a seat, shouldnâ€™t be too much longer.â€ I sat down in the clinic, waiting for the start of the free information session. Yes I was a little nervous as I would be finding out a lot about what I am about to go through, but also I will be sharing something that has been a very private subject with all the other people in the room. Others stared to arrive and I began to question if I should even be here. It just seemed that everyone else was bigger than I, so I began to think is this something I should be doing because I donâ€™t seem to fit that profile? The surgeon was running late, caught in theatre so the dietician started the session in hope that the surgeon would make it later on. She explained the basics of the procedure and what to expect. Explained about how this procedure will change our lives and some of the bad things you can do. It ended up being a really good session; people were sharing what they knew or heard, asking questions and clarifying wives tales. It was very refreshing to be amongst a group of people that were looking to start on the same journey as yourself. The surgeon had just arrived at the end of the session and gave a brief presentation on the risks and expectations of what we might be in for if we chose to continue. Again everyone was engaged and the information from our questions was valuable indeed. I would highly recommend attending these kind of free information sessions as there are a lot of questions you can get answers to before you even fork out the initial consultation fee. Walking out of the session I was even more confident that this was the right thing for me, now just to convince the surgeonâ€¦
There are a lot of things you hear about weight loss. Some good, some consider miracles and some that are just so bad you just want to ignore them. I think its just for the best to stay away from things with the word celebrity linked with them! I was at home recently, off work with the flu and I said to myself that why not! Why not take this opportunity to ask my doctor about banding, I was already going for a medical certificate anyway, may as well make the most of it. So off I went. While it wasn't one of the worst conversations I have ever had to have, it certainly wasn't easy. I'm not one that knows what a real therapy session is like, I normally can handle making sense of my life just fine on my own; but to actually say to someone else that you have a problem and you need help was the biggest thing I have ever done in my life. This coming from someone that is use to having to deal with his own problems and having to open up and to share what I and I'm sure so many you on this journey would consider, their darkest hour. It is hard to admit what you really eat. My GP is very understanding, very supportive of my goal. After the blood tests came back ok, just a slightly fatty liver and nothing else to worry about. We discussed other options and after laying out my life story he sent me away with that next nail blighting task, a referral to a specialist! It sat on the kitchen table for a few weeks, often I would just stare at it, thinking can I do this? Should I do this? It didn't help that some liked the idea and some thought it was a very drastic thing to undergo. But ultimately it is only you that can decide what is right for you, only you know the pain and the suffering that has brought you to this life changing decision. "Hello this is Sue." a soft but welcoming voice came over the phone. "Hi Sue, this is David. I have a referral and I would like to make an appointment." By this time again I was starting to think 'should I just hang up, no be strong, you have to do this'. "Ok great, the earliest appointment I have is in about a month and half, how about Wednesday lunchtime?" I was hoping to get in sooner, stop all that thinking and just get on with the action, now theres just more time to sit and ponder. Do I have a choice? Not really, coming so close to Christmas I just have to take what's available. Damn you referral, you sat there mocking me, making me question but eventually helped me to build up courage. "Oh really, he's that booked out, ok thanks, yes that should be fine." "Ok great I have booked you in with the specialist and the dietitian afterwards. We also have a group information session next week if your interested just to find out more about the procedures, would you be interested?" I needed to know more than what Wikipedia says and some of the horror stories I've Googled! "Yes that sounds interesting, please sign me up!" There it's done, you can relax and stop thinking about it."Ok thanks David, see you soon!"