There comes a time in almost every person’s life where they must make a change; whether it be occupations, personal style or even health and diet. For some it’s not a matter of choice but a matter of life and death.
Cathy Wray, of Lincoln County, said she has spent most of her life battling with obesity. It seemed to her more of a hereditary problem that she had little to no control of. But when the problem saw her hit weights of approximately 400 pounds, the problem almost claimed her life.
“I got really sick in June of 2009 to the point of hospitalization,” Wray said. “Basically, from both sides of the spectrum I have Bronchial Asthma and COPD. My oxygen levels were at 21 when I walked into the emergency room.”
According to her doctor, she is a walking miracle. Wray said she had no idea how out of hand things had gotten. She worked at Taco Bell for approximately 15 years and during that time she had no insurance. Needless to say, she hadn’t spent much time in a doctor’s office much less getting her health checked on.
“Like half, if not more, of the population right now I was considered a lower income, uninsured, individual,” Wray said. “It had been at least 20-years since the last time I saw a doctor. While in the hospital, they had to pump me full of steroids to clear my lungs out, which didn’t help the fact I was already super-obese and ultimately I was pushed into a diabetic state.”
From there, Wray said things got really interesting. Again, with her not having insurance, she was unable to visit or make appointments with Dieticians and with her being a lower income individual she could not afford to go without insurance.
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