From Darkness to Donor
In August 2017, Nicole's life was covered in darkness. She found herself using food as a source of comfort, trying to fill an unfillable void. Nicole candidly admits she was the person who could consume an entire package of Oreos in one sitting. Food had become her coping mechanism, akin to a drug. That summer, etched in her memory, was a time of despair and desperation.
Though she had heard of OPTAVIA, Nicole initially believed she couldn't afford it. Nevertheless, Nicole found the strength to overcome these doubts and began her weight loss journey, supported by a beautiful Community of Coaches and newfound friends. In May 2018, she reached her goal weight*, but her journey was far from over. Nicole's story underscores the importance of self-compassion in the face of setbacks and the unwavering support of the OPTAVIA Community.
"The power of transformation lies within us, waiting to be ignited," Nicole reflects. "OPTAVIA didn't just help me lose weight*; it helped me find the strength to give the gift of life."
The turning point came in spring 2019 when Nicole learned about a young boy in need of a kidney transplant through social media. Remarkably, she reached out, despite having no prior connection to the boy or his family. In August 2019, she received a fateful call from a nurse to determine her suitability as a donor. What Nicole learned that day left her awestruck – had she not shed those excess pounds, she wouldn't have qualified.
In February 2020, Nicole donated her kidney to a complete stranger. Little did she know her kidney would journey to Florida and cross paths mid-air with the kidney intended for the little boy she had learned about. Now, four individuals are forever connected by this miraculous exchange – two recipients and two donors. If it hadn't been for OPTAVIA's support in Nicole's weight loss journey, she shudders to think about what might have transpired.
Today, Nicole shares her story to inspire others. Her decision to prioritize her health not only gave her a second lease on life but also enabled her to bestow a priceless gift upon another. Her message is clear: embrace your health journey with an open heart and soul. Nicole's journey is a testament to the power of OPTAVIA and the remarkable transformations possible when one takes that first step toward a healthier life. We salute Nicole for her incredible journey and wish her continued success in all her future endeavors!