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Fighting for life

Organized by: Michael Farr-El

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My name is Michael V.Farr-El i have been struggling with weight and health problems, far as i can remember. My family has always been a little on the heavy side, and it has effectived my health. I have breathing problems. I got really sick and caught pneumonia,the begining of 2008. I was laid in a hospital bed for 16 days. I stop breathing and was resuscitated. The doctors came to my room, and all I remember is three doctors saying Micheal if you don't loose weight your going to die. I have been working with doctors and physical therapist to shape up. I have a stew of medical bills, and debt up to my neck. I recently went into a depressive state and put on more weight. I went for my check up and my doctor was not pleased. He got me in touch with a dietician, who tried to work with me. It only sent me into a depressive state and made things worse. I picked up more weight up and sent my wife over the edge. The church lady Mrs. Brooks, is my friend's mother told me to get my shit together and come to the YMCA and work out with her. She has been such an inspirational fighter in my life. My wife has stood by myside, and has been very supportive of handeling my bills. I weighted 556lbs and have dropped down to 495lbs. I'm here today trying to rise money for my medical expenses. I also want to have a tummy tuck and lipo done after I drop 285 more pounds. I really want to take my wife and Mrs. Brooks to Barcelona Spain to show the two women who encourage and pushed for my survival more than me. I would love to show them my appreciation for staying by myside. I know its been tough and they have never given up on me, even when there're times when, I couldnt physically make it out of bed or down my steps. I have trouble getting into vehicles and walking long distances. I wanted to give up so many times and let God take the wheel. Mrs. Brooks and my wife wouldnt allow me. These two women have stood there ground and help me to fight for my life. Also after the dramatic weight loss I will need a whole new wardrobe and would like to purchase my first three piece suit.

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