One of my acquaintances recently shared a story with me that served as a reminder of how our struggles with weight often affect a much larger audience than we realize.
Gina (name changed) is a single mom with a young son. Gina is hardworking, kind, hilarious, and severely overweight. In order to spend as much time with her son as possible, Gina works the night shift while her son sleeps at a babysitter’s house.
One morning after an exhausting night at work, Gina picked up her son and robotically asked him how his night went.
He excitedly replied, “Mom, I had the happiest dream of my entire life! You lost a lot of weight, and then we went to Disneyland and you could go on all of the rides with me! I was so happy!”
Gina was in tears while she was sharing this story with me. Her son’s happiest dream was that she lost weight and could more fully participate in his life. He did not say this to make her feel bad, to shame her, or to induce guilt. He is much too young for any of those ulterior motives.
After Gina and I talked, I had the distinct impression that I have been given this time to prepare now so that I can lead a healthy life and be an example for my children later. This is not a diet, quick fix, or temporary change–it’s a complete lifestyle revolution. It can be done. I have PCOS, and I can lose weight.