Three women transformed their bodies — and their lives! Hear their inspirational stories and their motivation for losing weight. Then, The Doctors reminisce on their own life-changing moments. Plus, world-renowned medium James Van Praagh reveals his secrets for connecting with the "other side".
Three Women: Three Breaking Points!
Charlotte, Michelle and Justine may have different backgrounds and life experiences, but one thing they have in common is their struggle with weight.
Charlotte, 25, weighed 198 pounds at her heaviest. She says she was depressed and her only source of happiness was eating junk food. “You start to feel really trapped inside of your own body, when all you can think about is food all day,” she explains.
Michelle, 34, reached 320 pounds before she had her epiphany. A chronic dieter, Michelle followed her first weight loss plan at 9 years old. “I got teased and always felt very shameful,” Michelle says. “I felt like I was hiding most of the time, because I didn’t want to hear what people had to say about me.”
Justine, 27, stopped being active after high school and started eating fast food. After the birth of her son, she reached 255 pounds. “I had people tell me that if I was smaller, they would date me,” Justine says. “It really made me feel like I wasn’t good enough."
Each woman says she faced a seminal moment — a breaking point — where she realized she couldn’t go on living life at the weight she was at.
“It got to the point where I was just exhausted from living such a negative life and beating myself up all the time," Charlotte explains. "I really had no choice but to do the opposite of what I was already doing."
The Doctors House Call: Secret Pain OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton recently paid a special visit to a young woman in a pretty uncomfortable situation.
Nicole, 24, suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. With PCOS, a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormones are out of balance, which can cause small cysts to form on the ovaries. Nicole also has been suffering from severe vaginal discomfort for the past eight years, for which she had surgery in 2010. The hymenotomy, or surgical division of the hymen, is meant to create a larger vaginal opening for the patient. But Nicole says it barely made a difference for her.
Nicole also hasn’t been able to have sex or insert a tampon, and she describes the pelvic pain as being a nine, on a scale from one to 10.
“The most frustrating thing about seeing doctors is that they don’t always seem to know what the problem is,” Nicole says.
Mother's Final Message
When her mother suddenly died two months ago from unknown causes, Francine — an intern at The Doctors — was left with huge feelings of guilt and anxiety.
“If I could have at least held her, so she didn’t die alone,” Francine explains. “I never got to say goodbye or reassure her of how much I loved her before she left.”
To help alleviate some of Francine’s suffering, The Doctors bring in James van Praagh — psychic, medium and author of How to Heal a Grieving Heart. Will he be able to help Francine move on?
Good Samaritan Fired?
Kristopher, a former employee of Walmart, recently helped a woman who was being assaulted in the store parking lot. He was subsequently fired for violating company policy. While Walmart has said he can have his job back, Kristopher is looking for a new position.
If anyone in our affiliate WXYZ Detroit, Michigan area has any job opportunities for Kristopher, you can reach him on his Facebook page.
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