It sounds like you are me a few months ago. I had lap band surgery done in Mississauga ont. July 3rd, and am VERY happy with it. It did cost a lot of money, MSI and my insurance would not cover any of it. It did cost me $16 thousand dollars plus flight and motel,( you can claim it on your income tax), but we were going remodel the kitchen this year but we remodeled me instead! I know it is a lot of money but I am 3 years from retirement and I just couldn't wait the extended time that was expected in Moncton. I have lost 73 1/2 pounds and yes that 1/2 sure does count! I am feeling so much better, and like you I don't want to be a size 8 I just want to be healthy. I feel so bad for you. You have serious medical issues and they won't even cover your surgery, it just seems so unfair. I hope something will happen for you and things will improve, let me know what you decide.