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Cheryl calls herself a "fat suburban mom who doesn't care." Before the premature birth of her daughter, she was stylish and confident. Four years later, Cheryl's daughter is now thriving and starting school—but Cheryl's life feels stuck.

"I don't know how to pull myself out of this train wreck of a person that I've become," she says. "It's a little bit saddening to see just how far I've fallen."

"Letting ourselves speak the truth out loud," psychologist Dr. Robin Smith says, "that's part of the beginning of healing. … Everybody is in search of who they really are. Not who you were, because that person is not there anymore. Something better and improved is possible."
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FROM: Have You Let Yourself Go?
Published on October 31, 2005

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