After three boys, Michelle Boyle was looking forward to the birth
of her daughter Emily, now four, so she could do all the little
girl things, like mother-daughter swimming sessions and planning
But at 254 pounds, she just didn't have the energy either
physically or mentally. It was the wake up call she needed.
Her struggle with weight began 15 years ago with the birth of the
first of Emily's three older brothers. Since then, she tried
numerous diets without success.
Her solution was Lap-Band® surgery coordinated through and supported by MaineGeneral's
"I wanted a program with long-term experience doing the surgery
and one with a good success rate," she explains.
At first impatient with the process - which includes meetings
with the center's nutritionist and fitness trainer and a
psychological examination - Boyle now credits the approach with
"It made all the difference in the world. If I hadn't known going
in what to expect, I couldn't have done it," she says.
"The staff has been amazing, very supportive and a great resource
from day one."
Since her surgery in August 2007, Michelle has lost more than 100
pounds and is healthier and happier than she's been in a long
Before surgery, Boyle wrote out a list of her expectations. She
met all but one. She expected to get down from a size 24 to a
size 12 or 14. Today she's a size 8.