The 40-year-old has always struggled with her weight—and, now, tipping the scales at 554 pounds, she feels like giving up.
Confined to a bed, or a wheelchair, due to lymphedema and skin ulcers, Laura can’t participate in life, relying on an oxygen tank to breathe, and depending on her husband and mother in order to survive.
Laura is racked with guilt and self-loathing over being a burden to her family, and is desperate to turn her life around and make her mother proud.
But, before she can truly embark on getting fit and healthy—both emotionally and physically, she has to conquer her demons—and, with that in mind, Laura sits down for an emotional heart-to-heart with her mom—Popdust has sneak peek video.
Laura makes the monumental effort to walk herself into the restaurant to talk with her mom, instead of relying on being wheeled in her chair—a strong first step towards gaining her independence and life back again.
“I've had some bitterness towards my mom that I never fully let go of,” Laura admits. “When I was younger I blamed her for what happened, I never let that go and I want to do that. I’m a little nervous, because I don’t know how she’s going to react.”
“I love my mum and honestly, she’s the most important relationship in my life,” she continues. “And, I think the pain that’s been there between us has been the thing affecting me the most.”
“I want to thank you for taking care of me, without you everything would fall apart,” Laura tells her mom.
“Honestly as you got older you think that way, but when you were younger you didn’t think that way,” mom replies.
“I blamed you,” Laura admits.
“I guess you had some sort of hate towards me,” mom starts, before Laura cuts in, “[as I got older] I realized that it wasn’t your fault. I’m sorry for me, being hard work, I guess, I never wanted to… I want to change that. I just felt like you were disappointed with me all the time.”
“I just want you to be proud of me,” Laura beseeches.
“You walked from the car to over here, you came down the stairs, no wheelchair. I’m proud of you!” Mom reassures her tearful daughter. “Nobody in the world, not even your dad, your husband, your brothers, is going to love you like I do.”
“I’m so thankful to start to let some of this go,” Laura concludes. “I love my mom so much, I always have and I always will. I feel like a weight has been lifted. This has opened up a new door for us.”