Hi, I had gastic lap band surgery late 2002 and have lost over 60 kilo's to date. I have looked for a community here at DS for lapbander's, but there was only the gastic bypass community. I am wondering if there are others out there who have had this procedure done and how they have found it? For all the actual weight loss and image change, I still see myself as a 'fat girl', still have the same 'fat girl' insecurities and related self esteem problems. I am in counselling and we are addressing these issues, however nothing is changing too drastically to mention where this issue is concerned. Before surgery, I was diagnosed as borderline diabetic, with high cholesterol and high risk of heart disease. I had chronic knee problems and lower back pain, swollen feet, etc. However, now even with the majority of the weight gone (still want to lose 20kg's), I am now finding myself borderline bulimic (even if I can hold down food, I find I throw it up more often than not), my haemoglobin levels are very very low and my iron levels are 76, symptomatic anemic. I am taking iron supplements, but I am very concerned about all of the above and if I had known how hard even THIS road would be to travel down, I think I would have tried so much harder to do it another way. I thought it would be the 'magic answer' and indeed, I did lose most of the weight, but it hasn't actually changed anything about the way I look at food, how I think about food and I am wondering if anyone else has gone through this too. I know it sounds like I am whingeing, but I am not, I just want to know if there are others out there who've had this surgery and if so, I'd love to hear from them and hear how they have found life AS (after surgery).
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