Barbara Shafer

In May 2010, after going to my family doctor, I decided to take a stand and do something about my weight. Sure, I have taken a stand before but we all know how that works. Went to Weight Watcher’s and picked a meeting that was held on Saturday morning so that I could go to dinner with my friends that evening. After all, I had a week to take off the weight I may have gained at dinner and, hopefully, another pound or two if I worked at it hard enough.

Then I thought I was on the road to finally being thin when, through friends and acquaintances, I contacted a diet doctor. I lost 65 pounds by taking a water pill, appetite suppressant, and medication that would not leave me depressed and a sleep aide. Believed I had found what I had been looking for since high school. But, that was not to be. I had a heart attack in February 2008 and had double by-pass surgery. As soon as I was feeling better, I called the doctor and told him I could come back to start the program again. Needless to say, I was informed that I couldn’t take the medication because of the heart attack.

Over the next 2 years I gained back the 65 pounds plus some. Both my cardiologist and family doctor were concerned about my weight and the effect it would have on my heart. When I brought up the subject of weight loss surgery he informed me that he would approve of lap band surgery as long as the cardiologist was on board with it. I had an appointment with the cardiologist that same week and when he told me to “go for it”, I was ecstatic. The next morning I called the Monmouth Medical Weight Loss Surgery Center and made an appointment with Dr. Steven Binenbaum. Went for the initial visit in May 2010 and proceed with all the required tests. On October 19, 2010, Dr. Binenbaum performed the lap band surgery. As of August 22, 2011 I have lost 73 pounds.

The staff, Dr. Binenbaum, Deb Larusso (Program Director), Sam Habiby (Nutritionist), and Dr. David Goldberg (Psychologist) are caring , supportive and knowledgeable. The practice is so well rounded and have a monthly support group meetings at the hospital that have enabled me to meet new Weight Loss friends and learn how to use my surgery as a “tool”. I would highly recommend Dr. Binenbaum and his staff to anyone considering weight loss surgery.

Thanks to this group of dedicated professionals, following a healthy eating plan by Dr. Binenbaum’s staff and exercising I did a 5K Run/Walk on August 6, 2011. My goal was to finish in less than one hour, my official time was 51:54 and I wasn’t last!!!!! Here is a picture of me (on the left) and my daughter walking in the 5K.

Thank you Dr. Binenbaum and staff. My family and friends are so proud of me. But, most of all, I am proud of me!


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