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Bariatric Gastric Band Surgery Story - Nina Wilson

Nina Wilson’s struggle with obesity began in childhood. She lived in a home where family and friends gathered for functions, which always meant plenty of food.

With no set boundaries, Nina's unhealthy eating habits followed her into adulthood.

In high school, Nina tried diet pills and lost weight fast. She was happy to go shopping and not have to buy plus-sized clothes. However, it wasn't long before she regained the weight.

This weight gain began a cycle of what Nina calls “quick fixes,” where she lost and gained again.

As the years passed, Nina watched both of her parents develop health issues. When her mother needed gallbladder surgery and then a triple bypass, Nina realized that she had to take control of her health.

She was tired of being overweight and uncomfortable.

Nina's Bariatric Patient Story - Winning Her Battle

Nina had gastric banding surgery in April 2008 with no complications. She was in the hospital for one day and back to work after two weeks.

Nina’s liberation is apparent when she says, “gone is the cushion that shielded me from the world.” As she lost weight her confidence grew.

Greater yet, she knows she took control of her weight, health, and future — this is what keeps her going.

“I have gained trust in my faith and have learned to stand by my decisions, which gives me the confidence to take action toward whatever I believe in.”

Nina loves her life, and says she has never regretted the decision to have gastric band surgery. She lives by the motto that “Life is Good. Faith + Action = Results.”

Nina's bariatric patient story speaks of living with purpose.  Due to her focus and determination, she has kept off the 100 pounds she lost, has become a grandmother, and again enjoys shopping.

Nina’s Tips for Success

  • Recognize that gastric band surgery is a tool that will provide more structure and discipline, but you must pay attention to triggers, voids, and unhealthy relationships with food.
  • Deal with personal issues — don’t run. Have faith and courage to be honest with yourself.
  • Get in touch with what causes you to overeat. For Nina, eating filled an emotional void and loneliness. Her dog Nino filled that void, taking her focus off food.
  • Build a support system. Include only people who will help you on your journey.
  • Set small goals, which will give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
  • Start your new way of living before the gastric band surgery by practicing what you learn from the nutritionist.
  • Stay in touch with your emotions and feelings by journaling. This will keep you grounded and proud!
  • Always remind yourself of the commitment you made to a new lifestyle. It 's a blessing to have the courage to take steps to secure your health for the future.

Note: This patient's treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.

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