Brian Nakamura has been in city management for the last 25 years and thought his health problems were related to the stress of his job. When he moved from Arkansas to Texas to take a position as a faculty member at the Bush School of Public Service a
“It wasn’t to change the outside. It was to make me well on the inside.” My weight was the one thing in my life I thought I could always control. If I wanted to lose weight I’d lose it. If I didn’t I wouldn’t. But one day I couldn’t lose it anymore. My health grew worse. I developed diabetes, high-blood pressure and other health conditions prematurely. On top of that, I didn’t
“I did it more for the health benefits. Not being a type II diabetic anymore has been amazing.” My struggle goes back to being a young kid. I had a period where I kind of grew out of it. But in my early 40s, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes that steadily grew worse until I was unable to control it. I tried diet and exercise, every fad diet you can think of, but nothing
“After bariatric surgery, your life will be just beginning!” In 2001, I elected to have gastric band surgery in Houston because I was extremely overweight. My mobility was challenged. Aches and pains were part of daily life for me. Food was a very important thing in my life, but exercise was not. After gastric banding I lost an extreme amount of weight. I was dehydrated and
Breast Cancer Patient Finds Hope and Healing, After Stage 3 Diagnosis
At the age of 37, Mary House was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She credits her care team’s empathy, kindness, and commitment for helping to guide her through her harrowing journey.
“I’m sure it was a God thing, but when I felt the lump in my breast, I knew something was wrong,” said House, a single...
“Nobody was talking, but everyone was looking at each other. They were very intentional with what they were doing. It was like a beautiful orchestra, where everyone was playing their instrument in harmony. It was so comforting.” Motivational Speaker Experiences Life-Changing Miracle Following Stroke As an expert in soft skills and a motivational speaker, JoAn Majors often
“Here I am almost three years later, and I could not be happier.” Growing up, I was always the chunky girl. After two pregnancies back-to-back and a job that consists of me sitting all day and being provided lunch by clients more often than needed, my weight consistently rose, getting upwards of 300 pounds. I knew it was time to make a change. The turning point for me was when