A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wake Up Call

I just read on Lyn and Leslie's blogs that Bethany at The Great Reduction died from a sudden heart attack.  She was in her early 30's.  She had a heart condition and needed to lose the weight for her health's sake.  She left behind 2 young boys and a husband. 

I have never seen Bethany's blog before tonight, and I hate that.  I bet she was wonderful.  As sad as I am for her family, this has been a bit of a wake up call for me.  She was younger than me and obese and she died.  I'm going to be 38 years old this summer, and I'm still obese.  Am I living on borrowed time?  Are most of us?  I don't want to wait on Death to catch up to me.  I ask that you pray for these boys who have lost their mother, and the husband that lost his wife and best friend.  I can't even imagine their pain right now.


  1. I too saw this on Leslies blog and had never seen Bethany's blog. I started to read a little but was getting upset. SO sad! I think it is truly a wake up call and I hope more bloggers out there see this to realize sometimes it is too late.

  2. I also read that post and feel so sad for the loss of life. It is such a kick in the pants, isn't it? Our health is more important than overeating any day! BTW - every Dr. I have seen for my PCOS< and I HAD a lot of your symptoms, especially the forever, heavy, cycle...and they ALL say losing weight is a huge answer to the symptoms. My symptoms have been reduced by at least 85%,losing 70 pounds. There's a really good book, Understanding Your PCOS, which outlines exactly why losing weight can cure PCOS.

  3. Wow. I hadn't seen her blog before tonight either, but I'm still so saddened by this. My heart goes out to her family. She had just done a blog post on the 18th, and now she's gone? How quickly life can change. This is a wake up call for me to! Life is short, I'm not going to spend it overweight, and unhealthy...

  4. Yikes that is a wake up call.
    So sorry to hear about her passing and like you have not read her blog.
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with her husband and 2 boys.

  5. Oh my God that's so, so sad...I didn't "know" her either...my deepest condolences to her husband and children.

  6. wow yes i will certainly be praying and all we can do tammy is live today and try our hardest to stay on track today..we have too, or it might be us next..this is a life or death thing..we have to make the decision to stay alive..you keep going, and i will keep going and we will finish the race together..i loveya,kelli

  7. So sad... rest in peace, Bethany.

  8. That is heartbreaking. ANd it is a wake up call. Her poor family.

    ((HUGS)) We have to take care of us!

  9. It is so sad. I never read her blog before I saw the post on Lyn's blog and I popped over there quickly. I didn't read much but I still feel a deep sadness for her friends and family.

    It is a real wake up call for me as well. Heart disease runs in my family as well as numerous other health problems that I don't want..I'm 27 and have a son who is almost 6. I don't want to die young and leave him without a mother.

    Shows me I really need to get my butt in gear and get this weight off once and for all.

  10. :(
    It is scary. Heart attacks really freak me out. Poor woman, poor family...Even thin people have heart attacks from living unhealthy lifestyles. It's time for everyone to reevaluate their choices. Our society is set up to control our choices by offering "easy" at every turn. This choice of easy has led us to the "Lifestyles of the Fat and Unhealthy". Are chocolate, ice cream, french fries really worth time on this Earth? Are these weaknesses I have to chocolate worth (Not) seeing my niece grow up? (Not) Spending time in the garden with my Father. (Not) Laughing with my mother? NO! A loud and resounding no. I am not a weak person. I am not easily led, but I am lax about my heath. Why? Am I not worth the effort? Are you worth the effort? Are your loved ones? YES.
    Lets get this show on the road Tammy. Lets show that we choose LIFE over everything else. I am really emotional today because I know I've been putting important things off. This was the kick in the ass I needed.
    Lets be friends until we are ancient, hey?
    Much Love,

  11. I didn't follow her blog either, but saw it on Leslie's. It's heartbreaking. It just left an awful knot in my stomach. Her poor family. Her family needs our prayers.

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