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"I wanted to thank the gorgeous people in this online community for being so kind and supportive. We are all deeper than our skin and we’ve each walked a unique journey. Weight and health are almost always intricately linked in our life journeys and our emotional space. Rarely can we even guess at the depth of someone’s heart journey. I just wanted to say how much your comments encouraged and uplifted me. There was one word repeated over and over - ‘beautiful’...it’s not a word I’ve ever felt applied to me. Some of you may find that strange but I grew up with a history of abuse and lived 20+ years in a marriage where I was never described in that way. Days after my youngest son was born I discovered one of two brain tumours I had had tripled in size so I had brain surgery when he was just a few weeks old. I woke up paralysed - and my face was paralysed. I had to fight to learn to walk and drive again and so began the endless rehab to try and take back what had been stolen. In that place my self worth plummeted and after my marriage ended 2 years ago I found myself lower than I could ever have imagined and heavier than I’d ever been. In the midst of the journey I described there’s also been hugely joyful moments and victories. I established a business overnight and even survived the COVID shutdowns with it intact! There is so so much I’ve been blessed with. I have 3 gorgeous children and beautiful amazing friends...But I wanted to share some of the story behind my face - the deeper part because I wanted those of you that have liked and loved and left positive encouraging words know that your words bring life. After my paralysis I struggled to take any photos of myself and honestly to even post a picture of myself on my own FB page was incredibly hard for a long, long time - so to post one publicly and feel good about it was a massive courageous step for me. You can’t know the wounds that sit in people’s hearts or what it cost them to stand where they do. But we each have the choice - to choose kindness, to speak words that bring life and light, that encourage and lift up instead of hurt and tear down. Thank you for choosing that...there are moments in our life where a truth that’s tried hard to cement itself suddenly sinks into our heart and our spirits. I felt that happen over these last few days - thank you beautiful people."