Having been there myself, I understand people who want to lose weight and can't do it. Since I lost my weight and have kept it off for over 20 years, I am a living testimony to the fact that my Christ-based, Twelve Step program works.

I graduated from East Carolina University in 1965 with a BS in Education. I taught for several years and then returned to school. After graduating from Lamar University I became a Registered Nurse.  Over the next ten years I worked at several hospitals as a Coronary Intensive Care nurse and the supervisor of a large medical-surgical floor.  I have facilitated support groups and have been a Bible teacher for over 20 years. My education and experience as a RN have given me a deeper understanding of the physiological and psychological effects of overeating.

I have been married for over 35 years and am the mother of two grown children.

It is exciting to watch people shrink outside while they grow inside working the Step Forward Program. I am amazed to see the miracles of lost pounds and renewed lives occurring in each of the groups. This program demonstrates God's ability to turn our greatest weaknesses to strengths when we surrender them to Him.

After years of dieting, starving and bingeing, I was fatter than ever. The harder I tried not to overeat, the more I found myself eating. Here I was, RN Supervisor of a large medical-surgical floor, telling people what to do to get healthy, and I couldn't lose the weight that could kill me. I had done it a thousand times before, but this time nothing seemed to work.

I woke up every morning and pleaded with God to help me to eat right that day. By lunch time, with all the stress at work, I found myself saying, "I just need a little something to give me enough energy to get through the day," and I gobbled up everything in sight. Then, as soon as I got home, I would yank off my uniform and run to the refrigerator muttering, "I've already blown it today, so I may as well eat." Every night I fell asleep promising to do better and praying that God would forgive me for eating in such an unhealthy way.

When I stopped long enough to think about what I was doing, I was confused. Why was I eating like this when

I knew there was nothing more I wanted than to get rid of these extra pounds? Why was I risking my life for food that often didn't even taste that good? God had helped me to overcome so many problems. Why was He ignoring my pleas for help in losing weight?

It would take a miracle for me to lose weight and keep it off. I knew I couldn't do it, but when I learned how to cooperate with God by working the twelve steps, my recovery process began.