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I instantly liked Dr. Coster, I had heard alot about him as he performed RNY on my brother 5/24/06. He is very professional but also very easy going and made me feel at ease. I never felt that guilt that I usually felt when I would go to the Doctor with him. As far as the office staff goes they are WONDERFUL!! Everyone is very friendly, knowledgeable and very, very thorough! Stefanie Noun, the PA at Grinnell Surgical Associates is a dynamo.......she is so GREAT!! I guess I would give Dr Coster and his staff a 10+ so far. I haven't had any negative experiences yet and I am hoping and praying that I don't.
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My story is much like everyone else's. I have been overweight as long as I can remember....I look back at family pictures and see photos of me starting kindergarten as a chubby kid. Food was a comfort to me, it was always my friend, it never called me names or made fun of me. Over the years I nurtured and developed my relationship with food to the point it was my best and only friend. I could always go on a diet....tomorrow or the next day, but I had to eat that chocolate today or I would be depriving myself of that comfort and good feeling I got from my friend. When I was around 28 I met a "NEW" best friend to me.......crack cocaine. Even then, being a crack addict, I continued my relationship with my first true friend, food. My life was way out of control. In 2000 I learned at the age of 34 that I was diabetic. I started having health problems related to the diabetes not long after my diagnosis. I did however stop using alcohol and the crack during that period of my life. I had went through treatment, but not actually practiced recovery. So I say I have been abstinent for 6 years. Back to my food addiction, having diabetes never stopped me from eating what I wanted, when I wanted it, the pounds kept piling on and my life just kept spiraling out of control.
I continued to have health issues related to my weight and to my diabetes and still didn't care. Several doctors told me if I didn't do something about my weight and quit smoking that I would be dead in a few years. You think that would of been my wake up call, well it wasn't. I did look into WLS some at that time, but I was living in South Carolina then and none of the surgeons I met with would touch me...I was too HIGH risk, with my weight, smoking and health issues. Also, I didn't have health insurance for part of that time. I moved back to Iowa in November of 2004 and started thinking more and more about WLS surgery. My primary care Doc kept talking to me about it. Then I found out my brother was going to have WLS surgery. That motivated me some, and as I watched the pounds melt of him and saw how well he did with it I decided that I would really look into having surgery.
Today, I thank God for sending me a blessing in the form of my brother and for finally opening my eyes and heart so that I can have this surgery and live a healthier and happier life. I have started attending an eating disorder psycho-therapy process group and individual counseling weekly so I can fix my mind along with having surgery. And I want to say THANKS KURT, you are my inspiration and the best brother a sister could ever ask for. I am also thankful to have a Mom and sister who support me 100% in this journey............