Bernadette R. 17 years, 2 months ago

Hi Raquel I had the band surgery done in aug 2002 and am so glad i had it - however, i cannot recommend a surgeon for you as i live in England but check out the yahoo group site called bandsters which has a wealth of information, including surgeons kind regards

Sharon Neva 17 years, 2 months ago

RAQUEL~~ AT THE TOP OF THE AMOS PAGE, THERE'S A "FIND A DOC" LINK... Just click on it and you can look by state. GOOD LUCK ~~~~BEST WISHES ON YOUR WLS JOURNEY~~ May the world hug you today with its warmth, and love.....Pray it whispers a joyful tune in your heart.....And may the wind carry a voice that tells you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world wishing you well!~~

Allison M. 17 years, 4 months ago

Rachel, sorry to hear about your surgery being cancelled. You should try Dr. Daniel Fabito in ST. Louis I know that it would be farther for you to go but he is an excellent Dr. I'll be thinking of you during this trying time. Allison

Lesli J. 17 years, 4 months ago

I really have to take exception to the way you are talking about the staff at Midwest Bariatric. I completely sympathize with your disappointment and frustration with your surgery being canceled. That being said, I feel like you are unfairly trying to sway other's opinion about Dr. DeLaTorre and his staff. They are a wonderful group of individuals who happen to be very busy and appear to be understaffed. Nancy, the Office Manager, is also the Director of Nursing for Crossroads Regional Hospital and is very busy. I know that is not an excuse, but I believe should shed light on why it may take awhile for her to return phone calls. I have had a wonderful experience with everyone at Midwest Bariatric and hold them in the highest regard. Whatever your experience may have been and for whatever reason they deemed you ill-equiped to mentally handle this surgery, I wish you the best and hope that anyone reading your comments will take them with a grain of salt.

Lillie K. 17 years, 4 months ago

God bless and keep you on your journey, I wish you a uneventful surgery and speedy recovery. You are in good hands with Dr. de la Torre..see you on the other side!!!!

Linda B. 17 years, 4 months ago wishes as your surgery date approaches. I hope everything at the hospital goes smoothly and that your recovery at home is a fast one. May you meet all your personal goals. Congratulations and God Bless.

Sharon Neva 17 years, 4 months ago

RAQUEL~~ WILL BE THINKING OF YOU ON TUESDAY~~ May you always have an Angel by your side..... Watching out for you in all the things you do...... Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days......Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true......Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun.....Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide......May you always have love and comfort and courage~~~~ PLEASE KEEP THE MESSAGE BOARD POSTED ON YOUR PROGRESS

swtp2nia1 17 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations on getting your surgery! You’re about to fly to the losing side :) May your healing be quick and your pain meds GREAT!! :) Wishing you all the luck and success we all deserve. Please get back here as soon as possible and let us all know how you’re doing. May God bless you and your surgeon’s magical hands.

piperkc 17 years, 4 months ago

Hi Raquel "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, any one can start from now and make a brand new ending "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." ~ O. S. Marden "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." ~ James Allen "I asked God to give me happiness. God said, "No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you." ~ Author Unknown "Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life. "Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary." ~ Anthony Robbins " ~ Harvey Mackay "Life is a challenge, but if you don't stand and risk you will never know if you were able to win or lose. Challenges are not a thing of winning or losing; they are a way of learning from them to become a better person every day! ~ Alexsander Rodriguez, P.R "Don't ask for it to be easy, ask for it to be worth it." Dan Kuschell "The most important question to ask is not 'What am I getting?' The most important question to ask on the job is 'What am I becoming?'"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." - Richard Bach "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence." ~ Jackson Brown "I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J.B. Priestly "Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult." ~ Julia Cameron "The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is often nothing more than a decision." ~ Thomas Carlyle "Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure." ~ Sydney Harris "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." ~ Katherine Mansfield "Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why? After all, we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. JUST DO IT." ~ Nike advertising campaign "I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life's endeavors. Your attitude - your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people - determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself." ~ Carolyn Warner "Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives." ~ Author Unknown "It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliot "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it." ~ Author Unknown "Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson A wish changes NOTHING; A decision, changes EVERYTHING "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will,they soon become inevitable." Christopher Reeves "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:2-3 Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much." ~ Jim Rohn May you always have an Angel by your side. Watching out for you in all the things you do. Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days. Have a safe journey to the other side and a speedy recovery Angela in Canada 406lbs BMI 63.6 -73lbs Dr Michael Grace Open RNY Life began May 16, 2002 I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely..I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5

Ron E. 17 years, 4 months ago

Good luck on your coming surgery. My prayers are with you, and hoping for an uneventful surgery, and a speedy, painfree recovery. Keep your focus on healing. Make sure you walk, and keep up your breathing exercise. YOU CAN DO THIS! See you on the other side. PS. If you check out my web page, be sure to sign the guest book there. Thanks.
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