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Lauren's Story

Hi!  My name is Lauren.  I am a 26 year old woman who comes from a great home.  I was really lucky to be raised by both my parents.  My story started when I was about 13, that's when I started putting on weight and of course with that comes the negative self-talk.  My parents took me to my pediatrician and she just told us that I was "sneak eating."  Of course that was not true.  By the time I was 16 I was told I was essentially allergic to carbohydrates.  The doctor quickly put me on a "no carbohydrate diet."  All the while my parents and I were thinking we were doing the best thing for my health.

Three years later my life dramatically changed when after a horrible car accident the doctors found a brain tumor.  The brain tumor was sitting right on my pituitary and the doctors said that was the cause of all of my weight gain.  Wasn't I relived to hear that it wasn't my fault and now there was a reason that I was working so hard to lose weight, but having no success.

In November of 2003 I had two brain surgeries to remove the tumor.  The surgeries were successful, however I was put on steroids.  The steroids only made my weight issues balloon and before I knew it I was 230 pounds.  I spend a year on the steroids (because the doctors told me I had to be) trying to loose weight.  It is very tiring trying to do something over and over again with not even the slightest bit of a result to show for it.  In fact, the numbers were actually going in the other direction.  I eventually just gave up.  After a trip to the mayo clinic prompted by my parents I was taken off the steroids.  Even after being taken off the steroids weight was hard to loose and I had lost interest in eating healthy and exercising.  Spending so much energy on it before with no result had burned me out.

I know God had many reasons for me to join Mosaic.  I am just so grateful that one of them was so that I could meet Fawn.  It has only been a few weeks, but I can already feel my mindset, and my body changing.