Along with the weight loss came some noticeable changes in Star's demeanor. "I don't have to be as loud. I don't have to be as boisterous," she says. "I'm healthy. I can breathe. I can walk up stairs."

The change in her health was especially noticeable recently, when the elevator in Star's apartment building went out. The last time the elevator was out of service, she says she had to stay in a hotel room for the night since she lives on the 10th floor. "When it went out last year, I walked the stairs," she says. "When I got to the top, it was like the biggest accomplishment. I was breathing hard—be clear. But I felt so good." 


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