Being overweight most of my adult life, I thought I had grown comfortable with my size, but as the years went by, my body became a burden. At 345 lbs, I had developed Type II diabetes. As a result, I had to take medication four times a day and developed diabetic neuropathy in my fingers and feet. My doctors told me that any quality of life would only last for the next 8-10 years – all because of my weight. My only option was permanent weight loss. Because the LAP-BAND® is a less invasive surgery I had a small recovery time and experienced little discomfort. And, best of all, a dramatic weight loss! A year and a half later I went from 345 lbs to 212 lbs, a loss of 133 lbs.* I don’t have to take any medication for diabetes anymore. Because of my weight loss with the LAP-BAND®* I am now able to live life again, instead of just existing. As one of my LAP-BAND® friends said, “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels”.