Pre-surgery BMI: 36
Current BMI: 27.3
My mom was overweight and had a lot of complications that go with being overweight, including high blood pressure and diabetes. One February night, she had a massive heart attack and spent the next 74 days in the hospital on a ventilator that she would never come off of. I didn't want to die like that. I didn't want my future spouse to have to watch me die like that. I didn't want to put my son through that. I wonder sometimes, if my mom had gotten a band in her 30s, would she still have died in her 60s?
Now that I’ve had my surgery, I feel like I fit in more, instead of being so much bigger than everyone else and "out of the game." And this is crazy, but I can run! Like if I want to get out of the store faster, I just run across the parking lot to the car. I know that sounds nutty. But I can run. I don't hate it. And it doesn't knock the breath out of me! I guess the key change is happiness. I'm happier. I have better self-esteem.
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