For fours years I researched all about the Gastric Band. I even made and appointment in Union Quay (the Cosmetic Clinic). I spoke with a lady in Belgium whom I found on the internet. I was gearing up to go abroad to have this surgery done. But my main worry was After Care . I knew, being a Health Care Assistant, that this would be of high importance.
Yesterday I bought my first ever River Island dress - a floaty number with a short skirt. I was mindful of the fact that River Island sizing is small, so I chose a size "L" and didn't bother trying it on as it was just €18 in their sale. When I got around to "modelling" it later last night I was astonished to find it was way too big!! Seven stone lighter than I was just seven months ago, I simply have to realise that I'm no longer a big girl!!
My name is John Kelleher I am 59 years of age I had to retire 6 years ago due to ill health, a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery, and a stroke, all in a short period of time. I am also a type 2 diabetic for the last couple of years. I have struggled with my weight and during this period. I lost control of my diabetes which caused all sorts of other problems. My GP must have thought I was stalking him because every time he turned around I was there.
Philip Newton, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
On the 5th October 2011 I went for my Gastric Bypass operation, the operation was a huge success and I feel that the results speak for themselves. I have struggled with my weight all my life and after seeing a consultant cardiologist in January 2011 about chest pains I was given the all clear but was warned that it wouldn't last for ever and at 50 years old, 5ft 6½ and 21 stone I was a heart attack waiting to happen not to mention other possible medical conditions.
A truly life changing operation In January 2011, tired of being overweight and depressed at the prospect of living my life that way, a friend of mine handed me an article in a newspaper about Gastric bypasses. Somewhat sceptical, I had tried every other means of weight loss, from Weight Watchers, Weight Motivation to a very expensive clinic in Dublin which provided "Shakes", nothing had worked for me. I had put on a lot of weight in my thirties, mostly through stress, working for a multinational in a job that was incredibly demanding, and I fed my stress with food to a point where I couldn't lose the excess weight.