At her highest weight of 345 pounds, Lauren realized that she was slowly killing herself. She was tired of a life of yo-yo diets, fads, and the constant willpower struggle. Lauren knew that she needed to do something different, so she decided to explore weight loss options with a doctor. In 2008, Lauren met with Dr. Krahn and decided to have Lap-Band surgery.
In a little over a year, Lauren lost over 150 lbs with the Lap-Band. She kept the weight off for three years and then slowly started gaining weight back. With the onset of weight gain, Lauren pulled away from her bariatric team. She gradually stopped going to support group meetings, shied away from seeing her bariatric surgeon and started allowing old habits to return. After an 80 pound gain, Lauren made herself stop and evaluate all aspects of her regain. It was at this point that Lauren recognized something was wrong, she needed help.
In 2014, Lauren took charge of her journey and made a follow-up appointment with her surgeon and discovered that there was something wrong! She had an irreversible dilation of the upper pouch of her stomach and required a revision. Lauren revised to Roux-en-Y and committed herself to a new path. This new road included a revision, but it also includes a commitment to follow-up appointments, counseling, attending local support groups and participating in online bariatric communities. Lauren has lost a total of 200 pounds and is determined to continue paving her path forward.
Session: Friday 2:00pm – 2:50pm, Royal B
Revision is a Fork in the Road, Not a Dead End
Have you ever struggled with regain? Surgery complications? Or maybe you’ve struggled inwardly and felt like you failed? At times like this, you may believe that you’ve reached the end of the road, that there is nowhere left to turn, and all of your options are gone.
Join Lauren for her session, where she will share with you that no matter what you’re struggling with, that it doesn’t have to be a dead-end, that instead it is just a fork in the road. You can pick your direction, and decide how to adapt and move forward. Lauren will share her very personal revision story, where she decided to make a choice between “it is what it is” or “taking charge” of her weight loss surgery journey.
Group Discussion: Saturday 3:30pm – 4:20pm, Royal B
Celebrating You, Share Your Non-Scale Victory
There are many ways to recognize and celebrate weight loss surgery successes. We all know that we can weigh-in on a scale and figure out how many pounds we have lost. Beyond that type of measurement, there are also Non-Scale Victories!
A Non-Scale Victory (NSV) is an ability, situation or observance that reflects how your health, fitness and overall life has improved as a result of your weight loss. It could be a goal you’ve reached, an accomplishment or something that you can do now since having your weight loss surgery. An NSV is any success that you enjoy in your life outside of the number on the scale!
Are you ready to shout-out that you met a goal, accomplished a non-scale victory or met a milestone that you never dreamed would be possible? Join Lauren, as she facilitates a group discussion celebrating you and your victories!