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‘My sister was dying. I had no choice but to be healthy for her kids. They would no longer have a mother.’: Man’s sister dies of Ovarian Cancer, loses 125 pounds to ‘be around’ to raise her kids

“Rachel pushed through chemo, radiation, and unsuccessful cell transplants to buy more time with her kids. In a situation that spun out of control, I saw one thing I could control: my weight. I didn’t need to have diabetes. I didn’t need high blood pressure, cholesterol. It was all a choice. When my father got cancer, I ate my way to obesity. When my sister got cancer, I changed my life for the better.”

‘You look nothing like your picture. I wouldn’t have taken you out if I knew how big you were.’: Young woman undergoes gastric bypass, told she ‘took the easy way out,’ but is now ‘confident’

“’I don’t mean for this to sound rude, but I never realized you were that big.’ She was amazed it was still me. I was always told, ‘you’re really pretty for a big girl.’ I knew I was large, but I never knew truly how big I was. For the first time in my life, I actually love myself.”

‘I came home to my husband moved out and my key next to his wedding ring. It was so crushing. As soon as we got back from our wedding, he shut me out.’ After split from ‘dysfunctional relationship,’ woman turns her life around and becomes full-time health coach

“When I was 15, I started drinking 2-4 drinks a night. At 21, I ate most of my meals at bars. Before I knew it, I peaked at over 200 pounds. But the more I got healthy and lost weight, the more it drove a wedge between me and my fiancé. ‘Don’t get too skinny,’ he said. He wouldn’t talk to me and it was really frustrating. I felt like he was discrediting my work. My relationship was built on negativity.”

‘People went out of their way to ignore me, as if being fat was contagious. Others used me as a lesson for their kids. ‘Look! This is what happens when you don’t eat right!’ I couldn’t find happiness, so food was my escape.’

“My weight got to the point where standing was painful. My wife got used to my answer being ‘no’ to everything. The panic set in. Was my weight ruining her life? Was I trapping her? Did she resent me for that? Did she still find me attractive or fun to be around?”

‘The red numbers flashed 302. I felt the bottom of my stomach drop. I thought I was going to throw up on the scale. The way I was living my life was killing me.’ Woman credits a ‘single, random conversation’ with her 95-pound weight loss

“A friend asking me to dinner could send me spiraling. What if they want to sit at a booth instead of a table? What if I don’t FIT in the booth? What if my stomach rests on the table? Every single moment of my life felt this way. The entire world felt like it was made for someone else. There wasn’t a single place I fit or felt comfortable.”

‘My wedding photos were a huge wake up call. I was only 25, yet over 300 pounds. When I got pregnant, I knew I needed to change. My body was falling apart and I was FED UP.’

“I’d waited my entire life to be a mom, but I always felt sick, exhausted, and couldn’t even do small tasks. I was so tired of being overweight! My fitness plan was going great until I received shattering news. ‘The day you meet your son may also be the day you say goodbye.’ I went from feeling on top of the world to hearing the worst news any parent could hear.”

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