Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I normally wouldn't do this. I like to grieve in private, but I need to share this with you.
My sister weighed 340+ pounds, she was around 5'4," she was 38 years old. She smoked cigarettes a lot and was on prescribed medication for depression and COPD and for foot surgery. She had foot surgery on Monday, Jan 14th and died Wednesday, Jan 16th. She had a heel spur removed which required that her achilles tendon be cut and sewn back together. The recovery process would be 3 months of almost complete immobility. Due to my sister's size and a previous car wreck, she was not able to get around very well anyhow.
My sister passed away mostly due to her weight. She had to change the way she slept because of the surgery. They had prescribed her percocettes (?) for pain. The way she slept on Wednesday virtually crushed her. Her weight was too much for her body to bear in the position she was sleeping.
I tell you all this because I know there's a lot of us out there trying to lose weight for one reason or another. Frankly, it could mean the difference between life or death. I had no idea this was so common and I had a difficult time believing it, at first. My sister gave up trying to lose weight and healthy lifestyle, she said she couldn't because of the medication and she couldn't move well.
I want you to know about my sister because if you ever feel like giving up on a healthy lifestyle; if you feel like it's unreachable, I want you to think about the alternative. I'm not trying to scare anyone, I just want you to know that this happens. It's so sad because it didn't have to happen.
I am a Christian and I love the Lord. I know that He has a wonderful plan for all of us. I know that He will guide me and I will follow. I am at peace because I know my sister is at peace.
Please don't give up on your battle for a healthy lifestyle. I promise you that you are worth it and so is everyone in your life. If you ever feel like giving up, please send me a message. I refuse to let anyone else give up.