My name is Bonnie Brewer and this is my story:
I grew up in a blessed home with a great family. Still, often I would hear, “Bonnie, you’re too pretty to be fat, you need to lose weight.” So, in turn, I tried all sorts of diets and gimmicks and nothing would work long term. However, I did maintain a fairly stable weight all through school. I really started putting on the weight after I graduated from high school. I got married at a young age and had my first child. I spent all my time taking care of my family that I forgot who I was. I woke up one day and looked in the mirror and realized this was ME!!!!
Despite the fact that I had endured every diet imaginable, I found myself on a hopeless cycle of losing some weight only to gain it back plus some. I heard about the Lap Band in 2007. After doing thorough research on the Internet, I made an appointment to discuss my options with Dr Kureshi; he instantly put me at ease and spent a great deal of time explaining everything and answering all of my many questions. I finally decided I would have my surgery on July 28, 2008.
I had my surgery and to date have lost well over 150 lbs. During the first year of my weight loss journey, I hit several plateaus that left me frustrated, but I never gained any weight back and eventually, I would start losing again. My knees and joints do not hurt anymore, my blood pressure is normal, my triglycerides are normal, and I was able to go off all my medication. I would never have thought in a million years I would weigh less than 160 lbs and going from a size 28 to a size 7 is a major accomplishment if you ask me. All I have to say is dreams do come true with the help of this talented and gifted doctor I achieved my goal weight in less than 3 years and it is the best thing I ever did for myself and my children. I can now run and play with my 7 year old son I can get on the floor and not have to worry about OH my how will I ever get up without help!!
I am now a happier and healthier person who is full of energy with a positive attitude and outlook on life. No hurdle is too hard to jump…literally and figuratively. But, after my long life struggle with obesity, I feel for the first time, that I am a regular sized person. I still cannot believe that this is my slender body when I look in the mirror. I cannot express the confidence and joy that I feel about myself. I hope that my story will give someone else the courage to move forward and be helped by this wonderful doctor and life changing surgery.
Life has been really good after losing 150 + lbs. If I had to do this all over again I would in a heartbeat. Not only will I live longer, but I get to enjoy a lot more of what life has to offer. I’m confident and I feel good about myself, not to mention a lot of health-related issues I had from being over weight are now gone.
Dr. Kureshi has been the most caring, professional doctors I have ever met. He is not only my doctor but he has become a vital part of my life and he has given me a new, healthy life. This surgery has changed my life and is the best thing that I have ever done for myself. I would recommend this surgery to anyone who is facing the same challenges that I did from being an over weight unhealthy person. Good luck to anyone who decides to take the steps to changing their lives for the better and, of course, for the healthier.
***Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person***