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A new era, a new life? Could this be the start of something glorious?
Let me take you back nearly 23 years ago!
I started putting on weight when I was two weeks old and no one really noticed as they thought it was just baby weight until a Health Visitor realised I was the weight of a 1 year old at five months!
My name is Abigail and I am 10 (nearly 11) years old. I was diagnosed with the MC4R Gene deficiency when I was 4 years old. This means that I am overweight for my age, but don’t judge me and think I eat lots of unhealthy food, because I don’t.
Ever since I can remember all I was ever told was to watch what I eat...strict diets, watching the calories… and I never understood why. There were many tears, a lot of upset and a constant worry for my parents. When it came to mealtimes I was never really happy but since I was only a child this was perfectly understandable.
I was diagnosed with the MC4 defect 12 years ago when I was 12 years old. When I was first diagnosed I was initially scared, I had just been diagnosed with a condition that I wasn’t aware I had so yeah, I was really scared.
I was also very confused and angry at my diagnosis. How did I end up with this condition? Why has nobody spotted it before? Was there any cure? These are all questions I asked myself.