My insurance has denied a DS twice but approved my Lap Band removal both times. I am going to fight like by hell for the DS.... BUT I'm tired of being in pain and throwing up and the GERD and my Barretts Esophagus getting worse every day. Today I tripped at work and fell in my desk where my port is and it hurt so bad I thought I broke a rib. So.... I have decided to have my band removed. Surgery on the 25th of this month with Dr Lisa Medvetz in Blackfoot, ID. She wanted to do it this Thursday but I have work committments next week and my son's 18th birthday the next week. I know the ideal thing is to do both surgeries at once. But both the surgeon and I feel there is so much stomach and esophagus damage that I need the time to heal while waiting for the DS appeals. @DianaCox and @Larra are keeping me and they are truly God-sent angels!! I know this is the best choice for me. I need to be healthy in every way possible for the DS. I'm hoping you will all support me in this even though it's not the normal route. I'm just tired of being in pain and I know the damage is getting worse with time. Thanks for your support.