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testimonial - deborah's story

My weight loss journey officially began six years ago. It started with total knee replacement surgery for very painful joints due to my excess weight. In December of 2007, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to go along with the high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and sleep apnea that I had. The thought of adding one more medication to my already long list convinced me that something had to change.


I heard about a good weight loss surgeon at DeKalb Medical and decided to give them a call. I attended a free informational seminar in June of 2008 and had the Lap Band procedure the following September. The first two to three days after surgery were a little rough, but it has been smooth sailing since then and I have been able to come off all of my medications.

When I went in for my Lap Band procedure, I weighed 250 pounds. Now I am down to 150 pounds…only 15 pounds from my goal weight. In addition to healthy eating, I make sure to drink enough liquids, take my daily vitamins and eat plenty of protein. I am now able to walk, swim and ride my bike. I find myself in constant motion and I love it!

I knew that I had to make a lifestyle change or I was not going to live long. I want to have lots of quality time to spend with my two daughters and four granddaughters. I have gone from a size 24 to a size 8-10, and I would do this all over again with no second thoughts at all. If you are ready to take control of your life again, call DeKalb Medical and get started on your weight loss journey today!

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