'Being fat made me go blind' says woman

'Being fat made me go blind' says woman
Published: 2016 July 23 08:43:08 (8804 Views)
A woman in the UK says that being overweight caused her to go blind.

Charlotte Owen says it was as if someone suddenly turned off the lights.

Grappling in the darkness she called out for help as the horrifying reality dawned on her – she had gone blind.

Terrified, she called her dad Brian who raced her to hospital, where doctors told her she would probably never see again.

"It was devastating," she says.

They told her the cause was her sheer size, at almost 19 stone.

"The condition can be caused by excessive weight gain, amongst other things," she says.

"I couldn't believe I was going blind, all because of my size. I was horrified and full of shame."

Unable to drive and forced to walk with a stick, Charlotte became virtually housebound as she was registered officially disabled.

But now, after meeting the man of her dreams, 32-year-old Charlotte has lost an eight stone and aims to walk down the aisle in a size eight wedding dress next year.

Her weight loss also brought back her sight and allowed her to see fiancee Tom Bleakley properly for the first time.

"I can't describe the thrill I felt when I saw him for the first time," she beams.

"My weight problems were due to a diet high in junk food," she recalls.

Single, blind and out of work, Charlotte fell into a spiral of depression and low self-esteem.

"I would cry myself to sleep, wondering how I was ever going to meet someone and fall in love if I couldn't even see what they looked like," she says.

"I gave up on ever finding a man who would see past the blindness and who would love me for who I was. My life seemed hopeless."

But a year later, in July 2009, a friend of her brother Stuart came over to install surround sound.

Unable to see Tom Bleakley, now 26, they chatted as he sat down next to her on the sofa.

"It dawned on me how warm and friendly he was," says Charlotte, of Eccles, Greater Manchester.

"We got on like a house on fire and when he asked for my number I could feel myself blushing.

"After a few months, Tom and I were in a relationship, and I felt like a light was shining in my lonely world. I couldn't see Tom, but started to fall for his brilliant personality.

"He was amazing and took me to hospital for my appointments. We spent hours with each other, laughing and joking.

"I felt I'd discovered my best friend and soulmate. I couldn't believe I'd found my dream man, despite everything."

Two years later, in 2011, Tom proposed to Charlotte in front of her whole family. At first, loved-up Charlotte says she was so happy she cried.

But then the vision of her walking up the aisle in a size 24 wedding dress with her white stick horrified her.

"Tom pestered me to book a date, but I kept making excuses," she says.

"I couldn't even face trying on an extra large dress, let alone arriving at the church in one.

"He always said he didn't care what size I was, he just wanted me as his wife.

"I knew he truly loved me for who I was, but somehow it wasn't enough for me.

"I kept telling him I'd rather lose a bit of weight first and ended up putting off all discussions about the wedding for three years before I finally decided it was time to act."

"As the weight fell away, my headaches started to ease off and for the first time in six long years I began seeing flashes of light and colours.

"I woke up one morning and I could see daylight streaming in through the window.

"I could hardly believe it, but slowly, as I lost more and more weight, I started to regain my sight. It was incredible.

"I knew that Tom had brown hair but for the very first time, I started to be able to make out his features and smaller details, like his eyes and smile."

Tom has lost two stone himself but says: "I fell in love straight away," he says. "Her weight never mattered."

Over 90% of patients diagnosed with Charlotte's condition are overweight like her, but a recent clinical trial confirmed weight loss can cure it.

Now, after shedding 8st 2lb, Charlotte is a Slimming World consultant and can see a bright future with Tom.

Source - Mirror

Tags: weight, sight, blind,

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