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I have been overweight all my life but was fairly healthy until my 40s. I have osteoarthritis in my back, hips, knees, ankles and feet and, consequently, I struggled throughout my 40s to maintain mobility.

In 2009, after my kidneys failed as a side effect of taking a prescription medication, my doctors took me off all medications that could affect my kidneys, including Naproxen, which I had taken for several years, and suddenly I could barely walk. By early 2010, I required a walker and in 2012, I started using a power chair. My weight continued to increase as my mobility decreased and once I was confined to the power wheelchair, ballooned to over 450 lbs.

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