For most people who want to lose weight, the discipline to do so doesn’t always come easy. That was the case with Brian Bolduc as well, but all that changed when it dawned on him that his mother’s life depended on it!
Rose Bolduc, Brian’s 68-year-old mom, had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and was in need of a new liver. She was placed on the waiting list for a cadaver transplant, but that didn’t seem to be coming forth anytime soon. So Brian offered to be a living donor.
However, there was a problem. Brian was overweight, so the doctors were reluctant he could do it. He was weighing 276 pounds and had a BMI of 40. That put him in the obese category, and the doctors said for him to qualify to be the donor, he had to have a BMI under 30!
That was when a new drive hit Brian to lose those extra pounds. Within the next year or so, Brian lost 80 pounds and qualified to be the donor to his mom. He later told TODAY:
“My mother gave me life and now I’m able to give it back to her.”
The operation took place on September 6, and everything went well. Brian gave Rose half of his liver, and they are both recovering well. Doctors estimate that Brian’s liver would grow to full size within 6 months.
If you have tried losing weight without success, could it be that you haven’t found a “why” greater than yourself to do so? It is said that people often let themselves off the hook when they consider themselves alone. You might want to try making your children, spouse, or family your motivation for doing so.