6st lighter and a whole lot brighter

September 25 2014

LOSING six stone has helped tourettes sufferer, Emma Gregory, not only rebuild her confidence but gain Woman of the Year at her local Slimming World club, qualifying her for the regional finals.

LOSING six stone has helped tourettes sufferer, Emma Gregory, not only rebuild her confidence but gain Woman of the Year at her local Slimming World club, qualifying her for the regional finals.
Emma joined the Horfield club after being told that, for her to gain funding for an operation to help with her condition, she first had to lose weight.
She was persuaded to join the slimming club by her key worker Ros, from Keystones in Filton, which offers support for people with various problems affecting their lives.
Emma joined the group in January 2013, and in just over a year, lost enough weight to qualify for funding to have the operation.
In March this year Emma underwent an operation to have implants inserted in her brain, which connect to a battery pack in her chest. Over the last six months, she has attended various trials at a hospital in London.
Emma's trial period has now come to an end and the device should be fully functional, greatly reducing the effects of her Tourettes.
Only five other people in the UK have undergone the operation.
Due to her tourettes, Emma was often asked to leave shops, pubs, buses and the cinema, resulting in her feeling very insecure.
Carolyn Collier, who runs the Slimming World group in Horfield, said: "From the introverted person Emma was eighteen months ago, she now has much more self confidence, and is not afraid to face the world and enjoy herself in more social activities.
"The whole of the group at Horfield Slimming World have been supporting her all the way, and needless to say are extremely proud of her and everything she has achieved."

Emma before & after

Emma before and after