Project Ramona: My Blessing
Posted 2/27/2012 10:49:00 AM

I never thought Type 2 Diabetes could be a blessing, but it is. Several years ago I had the eye-opening honor of interviewing a woman named Kristy Adams-Ebel. She was the founder of a breast cancer support group called Carolina Breast Friends. She'd been nominated for WLNK's "Link Leading Lady" program. Not long after we talked breast cancer took her life, but her words will live with me forever. She told me that breast cancer was a "blessing!" Her illness had brought unforgettable people into her life and had given her an appreciation for life that she never had before. I was simply blown away by her attitude. How could something so devastating be a blessing?


I'm beginning to understand the blessing in my diabetes. Without it I probably wouldn't have confronted the sexual abuse I suffered as a child. I've been dieting then gaining weight since I was a kid. The superficial goal of looking better just wasn't enough. There were issues hidden in the fat. Several people have called me "brave" for sharing my gastric bypass journey. The truth is, the diabetes scared me and I knew I needed help to get the disease and my obesity under control. That's why I reached out to the folks at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Their comprehensive approach required a psychological evaluation before I could get the green light to have the procedure. I chose a counselor recommended by the surgical weight management program. I landed in a place where a professional could help me deal with my food issues. It turns out the counselor had weight loss surgery several years ago



My whole family has been blessed. Diabetes is a link that reminds us of the DNA we share. Since my surgery my aunts, uncles and cousins are having more conversations about health. I have two cousins who are planning to attend seminars. Before I got serious about conquering diabetes I enabled most of my mom's unhealthy food choices. Now she's shopping, cooking and eating healthier.


I've received dozens of messages from people who were sexually abused as children. I've heard from diabetics and folks with 100+ pounds to shed. They've thanked me for going public with my story. Some are grateful to learn about gastric bypass surgery from someone who has been there. Others say feelings about their bodies have finally been validated. Many of those messages have brought me to tears. That's why I'm thankful for the folks who have helped me to tell my story. Glenn Burkins at, Karen Garloch at "The Charlotte Observer" and even WCNC have given me the opportunity to share my journey through their mediums. I have a part-time gig working with the competition over at Fox Charlotte yet Colleen Odegaard from "Charlotte Today" and Sonya Gantt, who has a new show, broke all kinds of TV rules by reaching out to me.


On Wednesday you'll see me share tears with Sonya. She came to my house to talk to my mom and me. Each journalist has taken a different approach. Glenn focused on diabetes in the African American community, Karen's angle was starting a new life. Colleen focused on why I chose surgery. Sonya? You'll have to watch that one for yourself on Wednesday. I haven't seen the finished interview yet, but I'm hoping that somewhere in it, someone will find a blessing.

Posted By: Ramona Holloway  

Leave a comment:

showing all comments · Subscribe to comments
  1. ReginiaG posted on 03/07/2012 03:21 PM
    Please remind us on air, I don't want to miss any of those interviews. Go forth and continue to conquer, no man can block the blessings God has in store for you.
  2. ghc posted on 06/29/2013 03:05 AM
    We often hear about HGH mentioned controversial in the media, hcg injections including TV, Web video or read about it on the Internet. Many professional athletes and A-list Hollywood actors are using HGH for everything from gaining Buy Anavar Online a competitive strength and endurance advantage or for simple anti-aging medical enhancement because of the positive effects HGH has on skin, brain, bone, muscle, joint and organ regeneration. GHRP-6 HGH is being labeled the “anti-aging HGH miracle” because of the numerous medical studies suggesting its ability to turn back the age clock, helping adults over 30 who are experiencing the premature symptoms of aging to look and feel younger internally and externally. cjc-1295
  3. skyouts posted on 08/05/2014 11:41 PM
    very popular {even if|even when|even though|regardless of whether} classic short ugg boots sale they have {access to|use of|usage of|entry to} cheap ugg classic short even more high-priced designer sun glasses. ugg classic short sale
  4. skyouts posted on 10/29/2014 11:21 PM
    The man was arrested of criminal mischief and released with a notice to appear in court. South Korea on mens north face denali jackets clearance Thursday proposed a symposium next year to discuss a logistics network across Eurasian nations as part of President Park Geun-hye's ambitious initiative to bind Eurasian nations closer together. north face clearance outlet South Korea made the proposal as more than 50 leaders from Asia and Europe opened their biennial two-day Asia-Europe Meeting, known as ASEM, in Milan. The proposed symposium would bring together officials and experts from Russia, China and other countries as well as international organizations to connect Eurasian nations, womens north face denali jackets clearance according to Park's office.
  5. skyouts posted on 12/09/2014 10:58 PM
    Shellie Onstead, the Bears field hockey coach for 20 years and a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, timberlands sale outlet said she is proud of her team for overcoming obstacles. The Bears are 5-5 halfway through their season. "I'm really disappointed it has come to this point with facilities and that we have yet to find an adequate solution," Onstead said. timberland schoenen dames outlet The athletic department's most recent short-term proposal, according to Onstead, is to have the team practice on a field above the Underhill parking garage at the corner of College and Channing. It won't work, Onstead said, because field hockey requires goedkope timberland kopen a specially engineered turf that uses water to keep the ball from bouncing.
showing all comments