On October 6, 2006, I had my annual physical with my doctor. Although hypertension and diabetes had yet to find me, at 340 pounds, I was obese.
As a paramedic, I spend my days caring for patients of all types, with all complaints. My weight made my daily activities very difficult. I suddenly became aware of missed events and opportunities with family and friends because of my weight. I was on a path to shorten my life.