I thank God for the day I heard about the band – I wonder where and what I would have been like now without it? Thank you to the surgeon who operated on me. He was probably one of the few medical professionals who treated me with unconditional positive regard – even though I was fat. I didn’t realise how different life could be. Thank you for the anaesthetist who anaesthetised me – some just do not want to do this with the obese. Thank you too to all those fellow banded people – we couldn’t have done it without supporting each other.