When Angela was 26 years old, she was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin lymphoma. She went into remission after rounds of chemotherapy, but the wife and mother from Peoria, Arizona sustained serious internal damage from the radiation.
Not only was Angela battling health issues, but her daughter Samantha had Joubert’s syndrome. Samantha was blind, non-verbal and couldn’t walk.
In April 2006, Samantha passed away at the age of 13. Angela thrust herself into a hole of depression and isolation, and it seemed there was nothing her husband Jim could do to help.
Not even a year later, Angela was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Luckily, she went into full remission, but her weight spiraled out of control. She developed high blood pressure and pre-diabetes, and she believed she was dying of a broken heart in the wake of her daughter’s death.
By 2010, Angela weighed nearly 250 pounds. It was during this time that husband Jim took matters into his own hands…
That’s when Angela’s devoted husband Jim decided enough was enough. No longer could he watch his wife suffer through her state of depression, and he decided a dose of tough love was what she needed.
One day, Jim told Angela they were going for a walk around the neighborhood. Despite the fact she struggled to breath and move, that one simple walk was the beginning of a whole new chapter.
Whenever Angela felt like giving up, she would think about Samantha, and how her body was limited to her wheelchair. “I never allowed myself to take for granted the gift of mobility,” she said. “She’s my angel.”
As time passed, Angela was able to walk longer and farther. She started strength training and cut out fatty, sugary foods and drinks.