A Belfast woman, Terri Keith age 30, ended up in the hospital suffering from malnutrition after losing 84 pounds. She went all the way down to a size 10 from a size 16. And she was unable to speak. Speech therapists attributed it to the stress she had put her body through from the fast weight loss.
While she did intensive speech therapy, Terri communicated using written language. She had no clue that she could become malnourished by losing weight quickly. She realized she was underfed and over-trained.
Using her health as her guide, she tried everything. She worked on keeping a better, more balanced lifestyle. She learned a lot about nutrition, but she had colon issues and was urinating blood. She was fainting often and had to come home early from an international vacation due to her illness. Terri was so swollen, people thought she was pregnant. She had been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, but she was soon correctly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
She found a trainer that understood her condition and used all her knowledge about nutrition to turn her life around.
Using her newly found voice and her bodybuilding competition ready body, she speaks out about her health issue. And she is doing better than ever. Terri Keith won an Irish bodybuilding competition and was able to compete only two weeks later in the regional finals of the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation competition. She took home the crown! She was even invited to the British finals but decided to listen to her body and enjoy an offseason.
If interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.
- Swimming With the Sharks? Water Physical Therapy for Children
- Three Ways to Meet Speech Therapy Needs This Summer
- Making PT Fun For Kids
- Speech Therapy Made More Fun With the Help of a Dog
- Horses With Heart for Occupational Therapy
- Implants in Paralyzed Monkeys May Create Human Occupational Therapy Uses
- Carrie Underwood's Dog Undergoes PT
- Speech Therapy for Baby Talk
- Dormant Butt Syndrome? Contact Your PT
- The Future is Now - Transliterating Sign Language Into Speech