How One Screening Changed My Life

Posted on Feb 14th 2013 by Sheronda Major

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As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida Blue Center, I met with a local ophthalmologist who was doing retinal screenings. I was told that I had the beginnings of blood clots in my right eye that could eventually cause blindness. The blood clots are usually found in patients that have diabetes. I immediately made an appointment with my primary care doctor and had a screening for diabetes. I was told that I was a borderline diabetic. My family has a history of diabetes and my grandmother died of a diabetic coma. She had nine children of which seven are on diabetic medications. What was I going to do? I decided the first step in this journey would be to lose weight. At the Center, we decided to hold a “biggest loser” competition among the employees.  That’s when I joined Weight Watchers. Now I work out at a local gym at least thirty minutes, Monday through Friday and rest on the weekends.  The hardest part of this journey is changing  my eating habits. I didn’t realize how much I rely on bread to complete every meal. I recommend keeping a food journal to log what you eat every day. I substituted water for every soda I would drink. I replaced lettuce or a vegetable for every piece of bread that I would eat. So far, I have lost 45 pounds! It is a daily struggle to lose weight and change my lifestyle.  I think the key is to continue to work at it and not give up. I suggest that you make sure to get screened regularly, as you can see how one screening saved my life! Here's my before and after photos:
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Sheronda Before
Sheronda after losing weight
Sheronda After

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Wow. Inspiring story. It's hard enough for me to stop drinking soda. I couldn't imagine doing everything else Sheronda is doing. Keep it up!

I lived in the villages, Florida 32162 & need to find a dentist and also eye exam for new glasses that is under my plan, I've been with Blue Cross for a very long time, but only have lived in Florida for 7 months. Would you please help me with my questions on both. Katherine Mahon

Katherine, my name is Kate and I'd be happy to put you in touch with either Wes or Tommy from our service team so they can personally assist you! Would you mind emailing us your contact information and member ID to They'll reach back out to you today. Thank you!

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