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The Greatest Gift

 


Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, December 12th, 2011

 

 

 
Bambie Brown wanted to save a life, but first she had to save her own.

It was early spring when Bambie Brown began the organ donation process. She wanted to donate a kidney to an individual in need of a life sustaining gift.

It did not take long for doctors to refuse Brown’s request. They rattled off a list of health concerns. Brown was: More than 60 pounds overweight with a Body Mass Index of 28. (Healthy is between 18-24) She was borderline diabetic, with a higher than healthy blood pressure, who also suffered from asthma and night sweats. She was too unhealthy to help.

A couple for months later, Brown decided to change that. She joined Jenny (formerly Jenny Craig), and learned portion control. She began including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy into her daily meals. She recorded her eating habits in a food journal and then, began to walk regularly for exercise. She found the support in weekly meetings with her Jenny consultant. Support, that Brown says, was critical to her progress.

And soon, Brown’s life began to change. Within 5 months she dropped 60 pounds to reach her weight goal. She started living an active lifestyle and has made walking on a treadmill as essential to her daily routine as brushing her teeth. Her Body Mass Index dropped nine points and the asthma and night sweats are gone. She is no longer at risk for diabetes or high blood pressure.

But the most important outcome, Brown says, was that once she saved her own life she could help someone else. In November she donated a kidney to a stranger, knowing only that the recipient had two children and had been waiting a “long time” for an organ. Brown recovered quickly from the surgery, due in part to her spirit and good health. She was back walking on the treadmill within 6 days and back at work in less than two weeks.

I feel sexy, confident, and FAR younger than my 35 years. Since my donation, I also feel proud and blessed. My scar is a badge of honor.

My weight loss saved my life and-- through my donation-- it saved a stranger's life as well.”

Sometimes the greatest gift of all is when you take care of yourself so that you can then care for others.

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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