I don't like to be in the spotlight…..but maybe I can encourage someone out there with my story. ....
I started gaining weight after my thyroid went crazy in 1998. With the help of medication I was able to control my weight to some level, but with the lack of activities the weight crept back up.
I've never been very active due to having Chiara malformation. I was diagnosed at the age 13 with brain surgery to follow in 1992 at the age of 16.
Before my surgery I was experiencing paralysis on the right side of my body. ...making it hard to control my arm and leg. I was falling down a lot (still fall down sometimes) and experiencing extreme head pressure head and neck pain beyond what medication could help.
After surgery I had some therapy to help regain skills and strength….but continued to live a life of pain.
On top of the daily pain due to the Chiari, several life experiences occurred one that included the loss of my daughter Hannah in 2003.
This is where I found my comfort in food.
While grieving the loss of my daughter a marriage and physical pain all I wanted to do is sit and try and eat my pain away.
Fast forward several years....I found a new husband lost weight only to regain after fertility issues causing us not to be able to get pregnant at all...and an ovarian cancer scare which thank God turned out to be ok....but the comfort in binge eating came back to try and suppress the pain.
While waiting for Dr.'s and test results...we were called to foster and adopt our son Lincoln.
He's a very active little boy and I found myself not having the energy I wanted or needed to keep up...plus all the extra weight caused even more extreme levels of pain from the Chiari.
After much thought I decided to try the biggest lose program to help me.
I was so scared walking into the gym for the first time...thank goodness for a friend to help me...I wondered how I am going to do this with all this pain....
In the 6 weeks of the program. I’m learning how to make better food choices for myself...to not skip meals .I've pushed myself to go workout even through the pain. I have surprised myself and having great joy seeing the levels I've reached beyond I ever thought possible.
I've lost 16lbs in the 6 weeks of the program.... and this is only my beginning! - Nancy Hoch