Monday, November 2, 2009


My name is Ashley, and I'm 22. I am currently 280 lbs and 5'8". I have been overweight most of my teen and adult life. I recently made the decision to have lap band surgery.

I will be a self-pay patient. I'll fly into San Diego in late January/early February of 2010 and have my surgery performed by Dr. Pompa in Tijuana. My husband will come with me. The reason I decided to wait a couple months is I know the holidays will be very stressful for me, so starting a brand new lifestyle then just doesn't seem smart! I live in Alabama but I know I'll be visiting family in Kentucky for Thanksgiving, and Christmas is always a mad house around here. :)

I am getting lap band for a few different reasons:

1) I'm tired of feeling like I'm in the body of a 70 yr old. After I sit for a while, it hurts to get up and start walking right away. I'm too young for that!

2) When I was in the hospital giving birth to my daughter, the nurses told me that when I sleep, I stop breathing. They also said I snore really loud (I always have), but that I needed to get into a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea. Well, no insurance=no study, but I am sure I have it. I get tired throughout the day and can fall asleep just sitting there. I feel exhausted all of the time.

3) I wanna be healthy for my family. My daughter will be turning one in February, and I want the energy to chase her around! Right now I get winded just walking up one flight of stairs. And since I plan to have many more kids, I want to get healthy. Also, my husband is a diabetic (genetics--not caused by his weight), and we need to get a healthier eating plan in place.

4) I wanna wear cute clothes! I wanna be able to shop at The Gap, New York & Company, and The Limited. I'm tired of Lane Bryant being my only option, and I'm tired of every dress looking like a sheet draped over me! LOL. :)

5) While I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes, I want to prevent this from happening. I feel lap band will teach me to eat more healthy and in smaller portions.

These are just a few reasons I can gather off the top of my head. I KNOW lap band is not a cure all, but it is a great tool to aid weight loss. I can't wait to get down to my goal weight and keep it off. Bandsters, unite! :)


  1. Hi Ash, you are making a good decision, I think and I am with you! I will be banded in early January and cannot wait-- but we will be very emotionally prepared when the time comes, right?

  2. Good for you, Ashley!! For me, getting banded was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I hope you wind up feeling the same way!

    Best wishes,


  3. Dinnerland -- I am so excited to get the band that I can hardly contain myself. We certainly will be prepared!! If it weren't for the holidays coming up, I feel as if I could go get the surgery tomorrow. :)

    Catherine -- Thanks for the well wishes. I hope I am as successful as you!!



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