I heard something the other day that reminded me of the year 2009. That was the year I hit my highest weight of 430 lbs. Can you imagine walking with an extra 250 lbs. on your shoulders? The pressure on my knees and feet was excruciating! I used a cane to walk and I could not stand on my feet for more than 30 seconds at a time.
I traveled to work by public transit, but when I got off the skytrain I was still 2 blocks away. It was too painful to walk even that short distance so I would cross the street and take a bus. That particular bus ran every 20 minutes, but sometimes as I was crossing the street the bus would just be pulling away. I wasn’t able to run, so I would just resolve to sit down and wait 20 minutes for the next bus.
This was frustrating and humiliating to me! I felt like I was on display; that people from work were passing and wondering why I didn’t just get off my butt and walk! I would have if I could have! I didn’t make a conscious decision that I wanted to weigh 430 lbs. so I could be in constant pain!
It is my hope that sharing this story will inspire compassion; compassion for people that are struggling each day. And don’t we all have our individual struggles? Let’s not add to each other’s burdens…