In this episode of “Surviving & Thriving,” meet a woman who lost more than 300 pounds — without surgery — and a woman who was on her deathbed until a stranger stepped in to help from across the country.
Cheryl Faulk weighed 475 pounds and her obesity was slowly killing her. She was diabetic, had lost vision in one eye, suffered a cardiac event and endured multiple orthopedic operations. Then her son said something that changed her life forever. See how she lost the weight, without surgery, and at 60 is healthier and happier than ever.
Crystal Osha was a 30-year-old single mother when she learned she had cancer. With her health deteriorating, doctors raced to find a bone marrow donor to treat her acute myeloid leukemia but none of her relatives were a match. Find out how a teenager’s act of kindness saved her life.
Just six days before the 1960 U.S. swimming Olympic trials, one of the favorites to win gold in Rome underwent an emergency appendectomy. Doctors said his Olympic dreams were over. They didn’t know Jeff Farrell.
Newspaper publisher Ann Sonntag thought she was healthy — she even looked and felt it. For fun, she volunteered to test out cutting-edge heart imaging technology. The results stunned her. Now, she’s exercising to save lives, not just her own.
Jim Shaffer was never athletic, but at the age of 54, he decided to stop smoking and start working out. Something totally unexpected happened — he liked it! How much? Well, now, at the age of 75, he is stronger and healthier than ever.
Challenges are nothing new to Martha Carswell — she’s a former pro basketball player and finished Ironman Kona. But when her bike was hit head on by a van, it shattered more than her body. See how she’s still learning to live again.
He’s written music for NBC sports, artist Thomas Kinkade and for a 3-year-old victim of child abuse. Many critics consider his songs poignant, intimate and healing. You’ll wonder why you’ve never heard of him before.
They had the skills to play in the big leagues but were denied the chance because of their skin color. In a symbolic gesture of goodwill, Major League Baseball “drafted” 30 former Negro League players.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Peggy Hartzog’s first thoughts were about her own wants. But she soon began to think more about the needs of others. That’s when she remembered her old red hair. The result was a very unusual donation.