To the team at Gastric Banding Medical Group:
There’s no words to express my gratitude. What is one year of life worth that you would have lost to obesity, embarrassment, humiliation, loneliness, fear, poor health… and how do you thank the people who gave you a MULTITUDE of years back. Years full of confidence, joy, energy, new opportunities, new relationships, new self-esteem, new goals. Again, I couldn’t possibly thank you enough.*
My name is Adrianne Kozlik and I had the lap-band procedure done, I believe, in 2009. I was upwards of 270 lbs. I had tried everything. I cried constantly. I was on severe depression medication. My husband was distant and stayed out at night more and more often. I used to watch the pretty skinny girls walk around the mall as a slinked myself into the “plus sized” stores and cried in the dressing room of every one of them. I was winded walking up one flight of stairs. I couldn’t cross my legs. I couldn’t see my collar bones. I couldn’t lay on my stomach. Then came the silver lining…*
Since the surgery, I have lost 140 lbs and currently weigh a healthy, happy 130. I went from a size 22 pant, to a size 6. I’m surfing again – something I had put away when I hit 200 lbs…I thought I had put it away forever. I’m painting again because I feel inspired. I’m loving again because I feel worthy of love. The husband I had when I got the surgery eventually divorced me about six months after the surgery because he claimed I wasn’t losing the weight fast enough and I wasn’t even trying. That kicked me into high gear. I was determined to let NOTHING stop me gaining my life back… and nothing did. In fact, when I lost my first 100 lbs, my gift from my friends was to sponsor me on a 5k mud run obstacle course, which I finished (although slowly!), but I finished. I had never felt so good. I broke down in tears…and then had a couple beers 🙂 You and this life-saving procedure did that for me.*
I’ve maintained my weight for about a year now, so I wanted to show you some pictures of me now and the new life and support team of friends and family I have with me that have helped me through the entire process. I hope my story helps some other poor soul contemplating this procedure. It absolutely saved my life. It absolutely saved the quality of my life. It was, by far, the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Again, there are no words to thank you all.*
Here’s to you continuing to make new lives…cheers!
p.s. If there’s any way you can forward me the picture you took of me prior to my lap-band surgery that would be great… most of my friends STILL don’t believe I ever weighed that much 🙂
* Results may vary from person to person.