HI all I am a 35 year old mother of 3 children and I have a husband of 8 years. My story is long however lets start with I have had a weight issue pretty much my whole life. Over the past 15 years my weight has slowly creeped up and health problems along with it. I have tried more diets than I can think of only to loose weight and then gain back more. I have had high blood pressure for 14 years. Along the way I added sleep apnea(on c-pap), stress incontinence and a bit a GERD. I have pain in my feet everyday and along with that a bad back. I am 5'5" and weigh 230lbs! About a month ago I was having chest pain and went to the doctor and was sent to the hospital. I was diagnoses with LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy) For those who need a little more detail basically because of my blood pressure and weight stress has been put on my heart causing the wall of the heart to thicken. It is a very mild case but my doctor said if I don't get things under control I will be either very sick or worse in 10 years. This scared me to death. He thought I should look into weight loss surgery. I had looked into it about 5 years ago and backed out because I wanted to have another child. This time around I have had a mess with my insurance company that was so upsetting. They have a million rules to follow trhe most frustrating being I must follow a medically supervised diet for 6 months to be considered for surgery however if i loose weight I may not qualify. Basically I was to pretend to be on a diet. Considering how scared I am and not being willing to weight I started my own research. I was initailly looking into the mini gastric bypass. I was pretty convinced i would do this however mt husband was not supporting the idea of my intestines and stomach being re-routed as he says. I did some more research and now I am scheduled for the Lap-Band procedure May 21st, I think this will be effective for me and my husband can live with. He is ok with the idea of me doing this but really does not understand why I need surgery when I could diet and exercise. I am so scared!