In the past three years, Michael says he's been in and out of rehab. In the past two and a half years, he says he hasn't fallen off the wagon. "I had a bad day or two, but I have been on a steady downhill with the numbers, and I've lost close to 300 pounds in the last two and half years on a slow basis."

The more he loses, the more Michael is able to live, he says. For the past 18 months, he's been able to go to church, go to the park with his grandson and even go to Disneyworld. "As long as you hang on and believe, there's light at the end of the tunnel," he says.


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