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Gaining A New Perspective
Gaining A New Perspective

A little over 6 years ago I was given only months to live, due to complications from extreme morbid obesity. I struggled as an overweight child, to an obese adolescent, and finally a super morbidly obese adult. I am the perfect example of what childhood obesity actually turns in to.

After avoiding the doctor for years I was diagnosed with diabetes. My sugar was in the 500s on a daily basis! The next blow was a diagnosis of cirrhosis of the liver; which left me on deaths door step. I was tired and ready to die.  As I was planning my funeral, I realized that I was going to die before I lived...and it tormented me. So I made what I call my "Live-It List". Kind of like a bucket list, but it was stuff I wanted to live for. I decided to fight. Over the course of 2 years I lost 420 pounds. I went from a size 70 to a size 32. My life turned completely around and I was finally free to live how I wanted.

Change can be hard.  While my outside changed rapidly, my inside wasn't able to keep up. Last week I turned on your program at just the right time to hear you talking to a caller about their self-worth and I was exactly what I needed to hear. You told the caller that they had more to be proud of than you did, because they had to dig themselves out of a hole that you didn't have to. Wow! So now when I think about the years I've lost, and the time I've wasted, I remind myself of the hole I came from and I give myself permission to be proud. Thank you for helping me see myself from a new perspective, sometimes that's all you need.

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Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Eat Less-Move More, Health, Personal Responsibility, Values
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