"It’s been the best thing ever"

Beverley Grainger

Beverley Grainger from Spennymoor had a gastric band fitted at Spire Washington Hospital in 2011 after years of struggling with her weight.

"I spent years battling with my weight and tried every diet in the book. Nothing worked – I’d slim down a bit and then the pounds would come piling back again. Over time, my weight increased and by the time I stopped working I was a size 20. I probably wouldn’t have known what to do or where to turn but my sister and niece had experienced their own weight problems and were much more proactive in seeking help.  They both had gastric bands fitted at Spire Washington Hospital and it was a hugely positive experience – they’ve never looked back since."

"There is a big adjustment following weight loss surgery and anyone thinking about it needs to know it takes a lot of effort but for me, it’s been the best thing ever. I’m one year on from my operation and I’ve never felt happier or healthier. I’m down to a size 12 and have a whole new wardrobe! I can do things with my grandchildren that I wasn’t able to do with my own kids and it’s just amazing to have my life back. I even go to boot camp – something I would never have dreamed possible."

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