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