William Chapman M.D. Here is my personal experience with my surgeon. If you choose him, your experience may be different. This review is only my personal opinion.
Dr. Chapman is a very skilled surgeon. He is very nice and extremely sensitive to your needs. He is tough, though and he wants you to be sure that you understand his program. He does not really compromise on that front.
Aftercare so far has been great! The staff is responsive and will call as soon as possible (many times within 2 hours) if you have a question, no matter how trivial you may think it is! The best part for me has been no co-pays for 90 days post-op! That saves me loads of money...
If you choose Dr. Chapman, there will be lots of paperwork for you to sign, so you know what you are getting into (as much as you can know before surgery).
So far I would rate him an A+ for surgical competence and an A for bedside manner. He is in and out so fast, you have to have your questions ready! He will stay to answer them, though, no matter how many you may have.
I RAN my first 5K! It was awesome! I cannot believe I actually ran the entire race! my official time was 59:52. I'll take it! I am very proud! A year ago, I never would have conceived of achieving such a feat! I can now consider myself a runner!
I had the privilege of running the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure. Not only did I achieve a milestone in my life, my dedication is helping find a cure for breast cancer.
If you get inspired, I did the Couch to 5K program. I began training March 1, never having run a step in my life. Don't get discouraged! Your body will respond!
A word of advise, spend the time and money to get your shoes sized at a proper sports store. I had no idea there was so much involved... It took me an hour and a half to get my shoes; and the sales associate was only serving me!
I am so incredibly proud of myself! It's a great feeling and I encourage everyone to find that thing that they can work toward!
In the meantime, drink your water, take your supplements, eat sufficient protein and plug into a support group! Then you will be able to soar with the eagles the rest of your fantastic life!
Oh... and I posted some pics in my First Year Post-Op folder... more to come!
Its been awhile since I have seen you. I mean really seen you! Somehow you are different... like you've been traded up to the ultra-deluxe self. Wow! I see you are courageous and strong; open and searching; bold and beautiful!
Seize that strength and walk in your destiny! To gain something you've never had, you will have to do something you've never done! Your friends and family will not recognize this ultra-deluxe model, and may try to derail your plans. Keep them close, trust yourself and just do it!
You are making incredible strides every day! Trying new things; seeking new adventures. You CAN do it. It will be scary at first. But trust that you are capable; God loves you; and the Universe will protect you!
I feel like I am embarking on a brand new life... I can feel the breath of God on my back... moving me not from one chapter to another; but into a brand new volume of my life! I pray that I continue to have the courage to walk onto this new Path...
I have new people in my life... I have reconnected with a friend whom I haven't seen since in 30 years... and I have reconnected with a friend that my soul has known for what it seems like eternity... I have made new friends that I can't imagine what my life was like before! I have had to adjust with other friends; asking myself questions like: Do I remain open? (yes) Do I hold a grudge? (no) Am I the same with them as before? (no) Am I better? (yes) Do I keep looking? (yes) Do I throw them away? (no)...
And in the midst of the emotional upheaval of the last month, I remain strong, sexy, confident, kind, rational and loving! This is who I choose to be. It is not an easy task, requiring purposeful living and loving every step of the way.
Physically, I am in stall #one bazillion and one... I have begun journaling my food again. I am not eating enough. Have to fix that... I started training for a 5k... training totally sucks... but my body is responding well so far.
This journey is not what I expected... I thought I would just loose the weight and that would be that. But I have shed more than pounds. I have shed irrational thoughts, intolerance and denial. I have gained when I thought all I would do is loose. I have gained health, love, confidence, courage and peace... I am one truly blesses woman!
This story is far from over... it's just beginning, again!
I love life, always have! I like to dance, sing, cook, travel and a host of other things I have yet to discover! But about 10 years ago, it started becoming harder and harder to do the things I love. I have been overweight "in my head" since I was 10 years old. I have been actually overweight since I was in college (20+ years ago). I still have a lot living left to do, so now I am doing something about it. I have been on every diet you can think of--that I could afford, And now I need to "woman up" and get the real help I need.
I love myself; I don't feel sorry for myself; and I don't feel guilty! I am just doing what I have to do to get the most out of live! So here I am... glad to have found all of you. I can't believe I am not alone in this... and I am so grateful for all of your support.
Here's to all of us... who have decided to take back our lives!