Patient Success Stories
Here you’ll meet others who are on the same journey for a healthier life. Their insights, support, and encouragement help pave the way to weight-loss success. We invite you to also visit Lose Weight Cincy and see our addiotional testimonials, click here.
In 2011, my endocrinologist told me I had a choice whether I wanted to live or die. I was taking 900 units of insulin daily and still had trouble controlling my sugar levels. I weighed 320 pounds. He suggested that I look into gastric surgery to help me lose weight and reduce my insulin dependence. I searched the internet and found Trace Curry. This practice was the only one I found that was a two year commitment with dieticians and an exercise facility that was fat friendly. I made the commitment to do everything I could to improve my life. At that time, I could not walk a block in my neighborhood or get up off the floor.
After surgery, I easily lost 90 lbs. At that point, I needed additional help as I hit a plateau and reached out to a regular gym and got a personnel trainer. I lost another 70 pounds through hard work and commitment. I had now lost a person.
As happy as I was about my weight loss my body looked horrible. Skin everywhere. I realized I needed to improve my self esteem to maintain the weight loss. I contacted Dr. Butterfield who required that I do my arm surgery first to insure that I could heal properly. Many diabetics do not heal properly. I was impressed by this safety precaution.
That went great and I scheduled my tummy tuck and breast lift in 2013. This was a much tougher surgery but Dr. Butterfield is an artist and I ended up with a body that looks better than the one I had when I was in my 20’s. Thanks to these two doctors and good personnel trainers I have recovered my strength and I am competing in triathlons. The after picture you see is my first outdoor triathlon where I met my goal of completing the triathlon in less than 2 hours. You are the key to making this work.
My endocrinologist was impressed with the results. A1C under control and I am only taking 10 units of insulin per day.
I thank God every day that he led me to these dedicated physicians as they have changed my life and I am grateful for their support. I will survive happily! You rock! Keep up the good work!
Hello! My name is Sheila. I am 56 years old and a musician. My starting weight was 218 lbs and I have lost 42 lbs. Though I still have another 40 lbs to go, my current weight loss success has changed my life tremendously!!
Prior to the age of 30, weight was never an issue, but after some illnesses and surgeries, my weight climbed from 115 lbs to 218 lbs. During those years of weight gain, I became a yo-yo dieter, attempting almost all of the diets out there. After losing a few pounds, I would always gain it back and more. Needless to say, it affected my health even more. My blood pressure went up, my joints became an issue, acid reflux appeared and my asthma became more difficult to handle. Within the first month of weight loss, I was able to come off of my High Blood Pressure medication as well as the medication for Acid Reflux and joint pain. My lungs are back to full capacity and my stage performances are effortless.
JourneyLite has given me the support and belief I needed in myself again. With the help of Dr. Curry and his team, I have lost 42 lbs in 8 months and reclaimed my self-confidence and self esteem. I workout with my Personal Trainer on a weekly basis and perform aerobic workouts with my very supportive husband. Good nutrition, exercise and team support!!! Thank you JourneyLite for assisting me in getting my health back. I’m looking forward to the next 40lb lost!!!
Before weight 218 lbs.
Current weight 176 lbs.
Whether it be overeating, skipping meals or attempting to stay on the latest diet and exercise routine, the battle to lose weight, and the hopelessness and defeat I experienced when I failed consumed my life.
I would step on the scale each day to see if I would be rewarded for following some diet (you name it, I tried it) or to see if I got away with overeating the day before. The number on the scale dictated what kind of day I would have.
I struggled making the decision to have LAP-BAND surgery for many reasons, one being, I had five teenagers at home and felt selfish paying for surgery when the money could go toward paying for college, home improvements, etc. I was sure that I would fail at this, too, and that this would be another sacrifice my family would make supporting my many weight loss attempts. Years of doctor’s appointments, diet pills, home exercise equipment and gym memberships add up. Having surgery was my last hope to be free from the cycle of eating, guilt, self-hate, dieting, hopelessness, eating, guilt, self-hating …
I have been liberated from the ever-present control food had over my life!
I have I have maintained an 85lb weight loss and have consistently lost weight or stayed the same for over 6 ½ years now. I no longer need to weigh myself every day because I already know “I didn’t blow it.” Food is no longer a priority in my life, and I feel in control. I am free!
The LAP-BAND really is a tool that you have to use for it to work … the difference with it and diets is that it truly does work if you use it the right way. On diet programs, I could have a bad day and sabotage myself. With my band adjusted properly, I can’t and I don’t.
People ask me if I would do it again, and my answer is always, “In a heartbeat!” My only regret is not doing it sooner.
I am a member of the clean plate club and I always clean my plate. In today’s society, MORE is always better. More in this case, was not better. I was consuming probably three times the amount of food that I probably should have consumed at a meal. This pattern of over eating had taken my 5’4”small boned body to a high of 256 pounds. My BMI was close to a 44.
I am an intelligent woman. I know the rules. But, at 41 years of age I found myself being a very unhealthy person. I was tired and had become less confident in myself. Obesity!! Ughhh, what a word! It just sounds so…..UGLY! With high cholesterol, burning GERD, pre-hypertension and a very achy back I knew my weight had reached a number that was over the limit and I had to get my life back.
DIET…again??? I just couldn’t do it again. I am a great dieter. I have lost weight on Diet Workshop, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Redux, cabbage soup diet and the list goes on and on. I can lose weight. I just couldn’t maintain my loss. You know the drill lose 50, gain 60 and so on. This time I wanted something FOREVER! I had heard about a procedure called LapBand and researched the idea. This was it! This was my answer. I visited Dr. Curry for the first time in August of 2005. He and his staff were compassionate and seemed to have a sincere understanding of my need. He had developed a program with an aftercare program, which provides the support I knew I needed to finally maintain the weight I was going to lose.
I had LapBand surgery on October 5th, 2005. Since that time I have successfully lost 85 pounds and kept it off for 5 ½ years. This is the first time that I have ever maintained a weight loss. My cholesterol, blood pressure and GERD are GONE! My back feels great. Living with a LapBand is liberating. A Lapband is a tool that reminds me of what a portion size really is. I eat a high protein, low carb diet. I never feel deprived because living with a LapBand is a way of life, not a diet.
Three years after I was banded, my 18-year-old daughter was also LapBanded. Agreeing with her decision to have a LapBand was tough. I living with the guilt that maybe it was my fault she had a weight issue. I was also nervous for her to have this type of surgical intervention at such a young age. The deciding factor for me to accept her decision was that I did not want her to live through her 20’s and 30’s yo-yo dieting just like I did. She did have surgery and has done really well. Now when we go out for dinner, we share a meal. It’s plenty, for both of us. Sometimes, we even have leftovers. She is happy and healthier. I am guilt free. You can read Lindsey’s story for all of her great details.
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