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Woman overcomes weight challenges for better life

July 20, 2018 04:18 PM

A local woman who was once obese is now living the life she always wanted. It required her to make some life changes. Most importantly, it called for her to become transparent and fight harder than she knew she could to have a better life.

Amber Burns grew up in a small New York town, but had big plans. Along the way, some of her old habits came with her.

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"I would go to food when I was happy, sad and angry," Burns said.

She says most of the women in her family were full-figured so she accepted it -- until she found herself at nearly 350 pounds.

Burns explains that she had chronic pain and inflammation, and her weight controlled her life and even how she was treated by her doctors. However, that dream of a better life would not go away. She found a new doctor, changed her diet and started exercising, even lost 75 pounds. Then life got cruel. She became pre-diabetic and had to take insulin, then her sister died.

Before, all the challenges would have sent her right to the fridge. Instead, they now made her dig deeper.

Gastric bypass has been suggested to her, she said no. She needed to rethink things.

"I wanted to save my life, you have to be an active participant in your own miracle," Burns said.

Life is good for her now and she's preaching better health to others.

She lost 100 pounds more and has 50 to go. Her next goal is to travel to Europe and walk around like a true tourist.

Credits

Elaine Houston

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