I suddenly contracted encephalitis, a viral infection that causes swelling in the lining of the brain. It's incredibly rare, but very serious, and it came on so quickly that 1 didn't even feel ill before I collapsed with a seizure on the bathroom floor.
Nicky found me and the next thing I was aware of was waking up in hospital five davs later. I don't recall much about the following few weeks, as I was in and out of consciousness. I was in hospital for four weeks and it was a full five months before I was given the all clear to go back to Weight Watchers.
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Hut I'm conv inced that, had I not already got down to around 16st, I wouldn't be here today. I've spoken to doctors and they too think mv heart would not have been able to cope with the strain of such a serious illness had I still weighed 21st.
When I went back to meetings, my weight had gone up again to 19st, but I knew that was partly a result of the side effects of my medication. I lowever, that's no excuse -I have to take the medication for the rest of my life and, although I know it increases my hunger, I also know there are foods I can turn to, such as a banana, or a couple of jaffa cakes if I want something sweet. I got back onto the plan and the pounds came off gradually again.
W hen 1 got to my goal weight, I gave Angie the biggest hug and I don't think I stopped smiling for three days. Angie asked me to take part in a fashion show for a local hospice and I got a bit of jokey aggro from my family about being a male model. As it happened, I was only escorting the female models down the.
I'd never let my wife buy clothes for me -1 didn't want to reveal what size I was.
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