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I first met Dr Gornichec at his seminar, along with the rest of his staff. My first impression of Dr. Gornichec is that he isnt trying to \"sell\" me something. He described in detail each procedure he did and what the pros and cons for each type of surgery. He's a great devil's advocate. His seminar was VERY thorough....3 1/2 hrs! His staff has been excellent working with my insurance company and keeping me informed all the way. I have yet to make my appointment with the Dr., but will keep you posted!
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I have had weight issues for as long as I can remember. But, thinking back on it I think it was more of a body immage issue than a weight issue. I remember first dieting when I was 10, taking phen-phen when I was 16 (at a 115 lbs !), and doing 3 hours of excercising a day as a teenager. See, I am what you call a happy fat person...LOL. When Im happy I gain weight. When Im stressed or depressed I lose weight. I keep jokingly telling my husband its time for him to deploy again! Each time he deploys I lose weight. Hes had 2 deployments to Iraq since 2003 and we just got word that he will deploy to Afghanistan sometime in 2011. This time, I would like to have the weight off before he leaves so he can enjoy it ....LOL! I weighed 127 as a freshman in college and then instead of gaining the freshman 15 , i gained it not once ,but twice. For someone that is only 5'1", that is ALOT of weight. Soon after I got married and 6 months later became pregnant. This is when my weight spiraled out of control. Due to eclampsia in my first pregnancy, i gained almost 90 lbs. I was happy to get half of it off after Carter was born. Of course, I lost weight but never got down to the weight I was before children. My second child came along, and then I gained another 30 lbs.....the third child....and another 30 lbs. In 2007 I decided to make a drastic change while my husband was deployed to Iraq. I stopped snacking, eliminated all sugar, and ate 2 lean cuisine meals a day. Well, in 4 months I had lost 60 lbs and I kept it off until......guess what? He came back ...LOL. This time the weight regain was a little different though.....I started having headaches, dizzy spells, and depression. After several tests and different doctors, I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and fibromyalgia. What a wake up call. My starting BP was 190/125....no wonder I felt like hell. See, Im one of those that can lose the weight quite quickly,,,,,,but I also gain it very quickly. I looked at how the yo yo dieting had affected my health and am scared to death if I lose weight again and regain....I will have another comorbidity like diabetes which is prevalent in my family. So, I have started my WLS journey with Dr. Gornichec of okbariatrics.com. It has been quite a difficult start so far since i have a primary insurance, Healthchoice, and a secondary insurance, Tricare. Healthchoice does not cover bariatric surgery. Tricare usually requires a preauthorization from my PCP, BUT since I have a primary insurance then come to find out that is not necessary. So, I have alot of stress if Im actually gonna get stuck as a private pay patient. I keeping trying to be optomistic though.....this is just preparing me for the trial and tribulations of life after WLS.........one of which is PATIENCE.....which my husband says I lack:)