Wednesday, July 1, 2009


My trip to Dallas for the Our Resolution campaign was so exciting that I am writing this blog on the plane ride home! I stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake Grapevine, and I felt like I was in Texan Disneyland.

While I was there, I spoke in front of a large group of people in the medical community. At the end of my talk, the event’s emcee, a Covidien executive, asked the audience if they had any questions. In this large ballroom (complete with multiple chandeliers!) there was complete silence; imagine, the medical community was processing what I said! Then the Covidien emcee started the ball rolling by asking me a question about my experience. After that, the flood gates were opened and the hands for questions started going up. Each question was more important than the next. It was hard for me to believe that this audience, with all their medical degrees and expertise, was looking to me, “a patient,” for answers. It was a very powerful night!

I actually think a lot of good will come of nights like this. I told the medical community that we just want them to “get us.” We want to walk into a doctor’s office and feel we are in a safe haven free from the prejudice that is out in the world against overweight people. And we need their help.

Keep checking my site to see when I will be in your neck of the woods. I think you will find one of these events very inspiring. They are usually free, and Covidien even gives out goodies (no, not food goodies – inspiring goodies!).

For all my NY friends I am finally going to be speaking here in the fall! Please blog any questions or thoughts you may have to help me prepare. I look forward to hearing from you…

With love and respect,



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Wish I Knew you were in Dallas. I live so close to where you were but did not find out till after. If you ever come back please contact me at thanks so much . keep going i will be watching. your friend tina

July 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

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