I know a lot of you know this about me, but I'm sure a lot of my readers don't. I have been on the Oprah Winfrey show twice. I was on the first time when I was 19 years old in February of 2002. I weighed a little over 300lbs. at the time. To read the whole story click here. You can see pictures and read the story. I'll give you the basic rundown though.
When I was 19 my sister wrote a letter to Oprah telling her that she wished I could see how beautiful she thought I was and that she wished I would love myself like she loved me. They contacted Jamie about this letter and asked her if she thought her sister would want to be on Oprah. They then called me and started talking to me about my life and what it was like growing up as "The Fat one in a Skinny Family". The show was born. :)
The show was based on my life and what it was like to grow up fat with a bunch of skinny little people around me. LOL The main story was between my father and I. My Dad Kirk, always struggled with me being overweight. It didn't bother him as much as it concerned him, and made him sad because he knew I wouldn't have the life I wanted if I stayed so unhealthy. On the show Oprah had my Dad and I on stage, and the rest of my family in the audience. My Dad was so blunt and honest that many people came away hating him. I have to admit that he hurt me for a little while too. Some of the things he said hurt, but only because I knew they were true.
6 months after the show was filmed I had gastric bypass surgery. A day before my surgery the show aired on national TV. It was crazy to see myself on TV, with Oprah, and how fat I actually was. I had never realized how large I really was. Looking back now it blows my mind. Oprah was completely against my surgery and made sure to let me know. Regardless of that, I had the surgery the next day.
A 2 years later and 170lbs lost, I received another phone from the Oprah Winfrey show. They wanted to know all about my life and what I was up to now. I told them about my surgery, the weight I had lost, that I was in school at Utah State University, and so on. They let me know that my show was one of the highest rated shows they have ever aired and wanted me to come back for "Oprah's Most Memorable Guests" show. So in October 2005 I went back on for the 2nd time. I got to show off all my hard work and feel beautiful. This time was so much more fun to say the least.
Since then I have had a lot of ups and downs and have struggled with my health because of the decision I made to have gastric bypass, and although I don't regret the decision it has changed my life. Well the story doesn't stop there.
Yesterday I received a phone call that Oprah is doing 1 more "Most Memorable Guests" show and they want me to come back. I was blown away, and so touched. I don't know exactly when all of this is going to happen, but it will be for her final season. We are working out the details now, and I will make sure to keep you all informed on what is going on. I just can't wait! I'm so excited to show of my life, all that I have overcome with all of your help, and my amazing husband. This should be fun!