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Friday, April 29, 2011

Allergan Health Patient Executive Council! Many Pics!

You all have been so patient waiting for the big news that I hinted about on Wednesday.  

I was recently honored to be chosen by Allergan to be part of their "Health Patient Executive Council."

You may be asking yourself...who the heck is Allergan?  They're the folks that make the Lap Band (not Realize Band).

I flew to San Francisco to share what our online banded blogger support community is all about.

It was a great opportunity to meet with other organizers of online lap band support sites and share information and open the lines of communication among all the online sites.  I enjoyed meeting veteran bandsters who are 5, 6, even 9 years out in their band journeys.  Their stories and tips on weight maintenance were great! 

The Council includes:

Flying into San Francisco, see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Picked up by a town car at the airport!

Presenting my blog!

Council dinner at A-16 (yummy Italian!)

You know who!

We also had the opportunity to sit in on a workshop that educates nurses, bariatric practice coordinators and other administrative staff on the lap band.  One of the presentations on band complications was especially eye-opening...it was reassuring to hear how much band complications have reduced in the past few years...whew!

Overall, it was a fabulous trip and I can't wait to reconnect again with the my fellow council members!


  1. Sounds great. Can you post more info on the complications presentation please?

  2. WOW!! Sounds like an awesome experience all around. It's nice to see members of our blog family honored and looked upon as success stories.

    Thanks for sharing...and thanks for continue to blog through maintenance.

  3. that's so awesome! Allergan is a great company :)

  4. Susan: yes...I will do a post on the complications this week.

  5. Awesome! Congrats. Glad you had fun and met some awesome people!

  6. SOOO cool-- I watch Banded Wendy sometimes on You Tube, and of course, am quite familiar with you and Amy! Like rock stars all getting together....
    Wow. And I am glad to come across your blog now, b/c I've just read 3 blogs with concerns about slippage and complications, one slipped band. I feel a bit freaked out-- so I am glad to hear that the complications are decreasing.

  7. This is so cool!!!!!

    They make my band as well!!

  8. Congrats! Whoo hoo! You are such an inspiration!

  9. You really are an inspriration and it is so freaking cool that you were chosen to participate. Did they just contact you or did you enter some type of survey/contest and were chosen?

  10. I feel like I know a movie star!! ;-)

  11. So Cool!! You and Amy are just all around stars!!