I am a single mom of 3 beautiful children. I first began my weight loss journey in June 2004. At my highest weight I was 235 lbs. My main reason for deciding on bariatric surgery was due to a back injury sustained in a car accident in January 2003. I have 3 herniated discs and a slipped vertebrae. I went thru over a year of many different treatments with no success. I heard over and over "if you lost weight...". So I made the call in June 2004 and when all was said and done, I had my surgery June 1st 2005 and weighed 221lbs that morning. Today is October 15th, 2006 and I weigh 109 lbs. My back is not and never will be 100% - or anywhere near for that matter! I did not get the results with my back that I had expected, but it has improved a little. I would still do it all over again!!!