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Dieter Stories: Sheila Henshall

Family Champion 2018

“’Are you happy Conrad?’ I asked. He closed his eyes for a few moments. Maybe he was thinking about how he had asked me to marry him two days before.

“He opened his eyes and said: ‘I can honestly say I have never in my life been as happy as I am in this moment, right now!’

“When I woke up in the morning, he was dead.

“The first time I ever put on weight was when I was pregnant with my daughter, Lucy. I had moved to London with my husband and wasn’t working. I must have put on between four to five stone.

“Nine months later, Lucy had her first seizure. My son, Dean, was born two years later and he started with seizures when he was 10 months. It was Lucy though who was constantly in and out of hospital, often on life support and critical. My weight spiralled out of control.

“My marriage, though, was suffering and we eventually divorced. A few years later, when I was 41, I met Conrad and can honestly say he swept me off my feet.

“I woke up one night to hear the noise of Dean having a seizure. I called an ambulance and he was taken to intensive care. Dean was taken from me on 30th October, 2009.

“I cannot remember the next year of my life. I was so sad. My weight escalated.”

“Since losing both Dean and Conrad, my life has been a rollercoaster of emotions, but over time I realised I need to keep myself fit and healthy for Lucy, who is now 23.

“In May this year, I watched a TV programme about very low calorie diets. I looked into it and discovered it was The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. The first week was hard, but I lost six pounds and the rest has been fairly straightforward. Two stone down, I feel amazing. I am healthier than I have been in a long time. I feel in control and the one-to-one support I have received from my Consultant, Cathy Halsall, has been priceless”.

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