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Michel Gagner
Just waiting for CIGNA to approve him in Florida!
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My name is Jerri.  I am 38 years old and I have three amazing children.  Michael (19) Brooke (16) and Dylan (14).  I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Michael for twenty years.  We live in a small town in Florida and we love it here.  

I am a legal secretary but I live for my vacations.  I love Cruising! I love the mountains and I love the beach.

My baby sister has recently had a DS surgery and she has been my inspiration, my teacher and hopefully soon - my fellow DS'er!
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New Hope
November 17, 2008 12:26 pm
I made the decision to have the DS Surgery and hit the "Insurance" wall.  I wanted Dr. Gagner in Florida and I still do but he was not yet accepted by Cigna.  I have been sending nice monthly emails to which Genevieve always nicely responds "not yet".  Well after waiting all this time I have found out that my husband's company is changing insurance to United Health Care.  Of course, I immediately jumped on the forum to see what I could find and there seems to be several people who have had DS with Gagner in Florida and with United Health Care.  I will be honest - I was completely losing hope.  NOW - I have hope again. 
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Everybody needs a little inspiration
July 2, 2008 6:54 am
I heard a song for the first time last night and I loved it.  It inspired me and made me think of the surgery I want and my life after.  I wanted to share it with all of you.  If you click the link you hear the song but I also pasted the lyrics below (especially the line "the you your meant to be"

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

http://www.last.fm/music/Lady+Antebellum/_/One+Day+You+Will


You feel like you're falling backwards
Like you're slippin' through the cracks
Like no one would even notice
If you left this town and never came back
You walk outside and all you see is rain
You look inside and all you feel is pain
And you can't see it now

[Chorus]
But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there's a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won't be much longer
You'll find love, you'll find peace
And the you you're meant to be
I know right now that's not the way you feel
But one day you will

You wake up every morning and ask yourself
What am I doing here anyway
With the weight of all those disappointments
Whispering in your ear
You're just barely hanging by a thread
You wanna scream but you're down to your last breath
And you don't know it yet

But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there's a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won't be much longer
You'll find love, you'll find peace
And the you you're meant to be
I know right now that's not the way you feel
But one day you will

Find the strength to rise above
You will
Find just what you're made of, you're made of

But down the road the sun is shining
In every cloud there's a silver lining
Just keep holding on (just keep holding on)
And every heartache makes you stronger
But it won't be much longer
You'll find love, you'll find peace
And the you you're meant to be
I know right now that's not the way you feel
But one day you will

One day you will
Oh one day you will
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June 2008
July 1, 2008 7:29 am
I have made the decision to have DS surgery after lots of research and lots of inspiration from my sister Kristi.  My Husband is still a little negative about it. He comes from a long line of men who think you can just eat less and exercise twenty minutes a day to lose weight.  I have tried that (many times) and it just does not work for me.  

I have given him lots of information and he is coming around slowly.  I understand - we have three children who I would never ever want to leave.  But this is something I have to do.  

Now I just wait for Dr. Gagner to get approved for Cigna in Florida.  The paperwork was sent in March and they said 3-6 months.  Hopefully it will be the three months. 
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I am 38 years old and I weight about 270 lbs.  I have not been overweight my whole life.  I was actually a really skinny kid and teenager.  I married young and only gained 12 pounds when I had my first son, Michael.  A few years later my daughter Brooke and only gained about 25 pounds.  Then came my baby - Dylan.  I was having dizzy spells and was told to stay home for the last 4 months of my pregnancy.  I gained 75 pounds.  After he was born, it did not come off and slowly more was added.  

I have actually only been obese for about 15 years.  Isn't that funny the way I said "only".  Anyway I come from a long line of obese people.   I am actually a pretty good "dieter".  I know what to eat and I have studied every diet there is.  I can lose weight but I ALWAYS get discouraged when I stall and I ALWAYS stall.  That added to very active, very involved kids leads to many nights eating out and it's just impossible to stay on track. 

I am actually one of those wierd people that enjoys a good walk or bike ride and put on my ipod and I am happy.  But when I am exercising because I have to or because I remember I ate that cookie and I don't want to ruin my latest diet.  It takes all the fun away.  I become obsessed.  Twenty minutes is not enough - I need to do thirty - then fourty-five.  Then I start to dread it.  It's too much and just can't do it.   I want to take a walk - because it's nice outside.  I want to go for a swim because the water looks refreshing.  I don't want the guilt and the pressure.

I have known for some time that I needed to something.  I really have just been hoping for a magic pill - then my little sister - who is usually the last one to try something new - had the DS surgery.  I did not know anything about it.  All I had ever heard of was the Gastric Bypass and the Lap Band.  I knew those were not right for me so I never really considered Weight Loss Surgery.  Thank god my sister did her research and was so brave.  She may have saved our whole family.  Mom's surgery is scheduled, Dad's is scheduled, I am waiting for Insurance and our oldest sister may still come around.  

I can't wait for the day that I post "just had surgery - everything went great"  

to be continued . . .