Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was 45 years old and had diabetes and heart disease. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics, she'd been homebound for a dozen years. But all that changed after a gift from her sister: a computer. A technophobe, Nancy ignored it for months, until finally boredom and curiosity pushed her into cyberspace. And there, in a chat room, she found the friendliness, the support, and even the love she'd been missing for so long. Nobody flinched when Nancy spoke up; people treated her with the same respect accorded to everybody else.
Thanks to these emotional connections, Nancy's life was transformed. She followed no diet plan; no pills, potions, or ab-crunching exercises played a part. There was no silver bullet, no magical, elusive ingredient - yet Nancy has lost more than 530 pounds.
Nancy's tale is one of redemption, a story of reevaluating her worth and insisting she had value simply because she was human. It will show a growing America that life is sweet and always worth living.
©2010 Nancy Makin (P)2010 Tantor
"To say that this title is uplifting would be an understatement. Makin offers no plan or formula, just an irresistible story of great personal achievement." (Booklist)
Makin does an excellent job of portraying her struggle with extreme obesity with honesty and humor. It is a heartbreaking story with a happy ending, and who can resist that? Makin does not gloss over her mistakes and poor decisions, nor does she take on the role of victim. The latter is probably why she has managed to survive and triumph. Very well done, and worth listening to.
I've been into memoirs about the obese lately and this book was pretty nice.
The opening was a bit long in waiting to get to her adult life but hey I learned a lot!
I really love how the writer actually lost her weight merely from being in a better mental place that allowed her to take her focus off food and put it on actually living! This was different from others I've read that worked out a lot or went to healthy eating clinics.
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