Patient Leader

After being obese my entire life and coming to believe that I was destined to live in a depressed black tunnel, I finally discovered the secret to changing my life. The highest I recall being when I stepped on a Doctor's scale was 389 lbs., however there's no doubt in my mind that I was much higher. As a teen, I was given up by my parents to be a ward of the State and stayed in a group home until I was 18. I went to college where I was raped and decided to give the baby up for adoption. I was in several abusive relationships, including a step-father. I married when I was 25 because I didn't think anyone else would ever want me. During all of this, my weight just continued to climb and my self-esteem, continued to plummet. After 12 years of marriage I figured out I wanted more out of life, ended my marriage and started a weight loss plan. After losing about 100 lbs, I entered into what turned out to be another abusive relationship, gained all of the weight back and more. After 3 years and coming close to being killed, I escaped, moved to Florida, started the weight loss program over again and never looked back. I've lost over 200 lbs, I've become a Certified Life Coach, I sit on the Domestic Violence Advisory Council and work with young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. I lead by example, to show those who have challenges holding them back a way to overcome those challenges and move forward, beginning by changing the way they think. Little did I know for all those years, all 43 of them, that the strength was inside of me and in order to change my life, I needed to change the way that I thought about everything.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Best in Show: Facebook Best Kept Secret

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