Nicola Lord (38) weighed 27 stone when she was told by doctors in August 2012 that she would struggle to live to see the age of 40.
She was also suffering from Type 2 diabetes and her confidence was at rock bottom.She had become too nervous to leave her home and a ten-minute walk was a struggle. But Nicola has now completely turned her life around. As well as losing an impressive 13-stone, she is also about to return to paid work as a catering assistant for Linkage in Elizabeth Court, Louth - after being unemployed for nine years.
Nicola attributes much of her success regaining her confidence - and getting her life back on track to volunteering. She said: “I don’t think I would be where I am today without having taken up a volunteering position.”
Nicola’s housing officer suggested she contact Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) and began working as an administration assistant at their office in Manby, one day per week.
Nicola explained: “Without my volunteering work at Manby, I seriously think I would have sat at home, continued to do nothing, eat and I would have ended up killing myself. Volunteering has saved my life.”
Nicola also took part in the Louth Run for Life and completed the 5km course in 58-minutes - despite thinking it would have taken her two hours.
She has has nothing but praise for the team at Lincs CVS for their support. Nicola added: “I was sent on a confidence building course that helped me dramatically and the team has been amazing. I would say to anyone in a similar position to the one I was in to take up volunteering.”
Nicola has now improved her daily diet and now walks and cycles regularly. She said: “I said to myself that if I lost 13-stone, then I would be happy. I feel like a changed woman.”