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Michelle Boyle

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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 ballet lessons.

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 Bariatric Center.

"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 her success.

"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 time.

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.