John was not dealt an easy hand when it came to his family life. His parent’s divorce was heartbreaking, causing him to cope through food. Soon after, his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
His father only had six months to live, and John dealt with the emotional trauma by using food as his medicine.
When John went to the doctor, he was so heavy that there wasn’t a scale that could weigh him. His doctor sent him to a fish market, where he discovered he weighed 540 pounds. He was warned that if he didn’t change his health, he could die.
John then tried every diet he could find, but none really helped. One day, he saw a weight-loss boot camp on Facebook. Although he was scared of the challenge, he did it anyway. He has since lost over 300 pounds.
“I’ve learned so much through this journey… For me, the key was finding a community of people who are like-minded, who have goals to lose weight and eat better and be healthier, so that you’re not doing it alone,” John said.
John’s wife, Caila, is incredibly proud of his accomplishments. She has been by his side throughout the journey.
“He’s amazing. He’s put in a lot of hard work and discipline. He’s endured a lot of challenges and failures but he just kept trying… and he finally found his success story,” she said.
John is now left with a ton of excess skin. Fortunately, The Doctors matched him up with plastic surgeons Michael Zarrabi and Dr. Daniel Barrett, who will remove the skin free of charge.
“The thing I have always wanted the most is just to be able to function and move and look like a normal person and put on clothes like a normal person… and to be able to maybe experience things like a normal person in every sense is a blessing,” John said.
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