Dec 17, 2013 12:34 PM by Annie Snead
We've been following her weight loss journey for months.
Shannon Coker has polycystic ovarian syndrome.
She's struggled to lose weight, until recently, when a local doctor gave her the tools she needed.
At six months she has lost 64 pounds.
This past month, she lost around four.
"There certainly is that level of excitement and thankfulness that I did lose weight, there is a larger percent of me that is disappointed," she said.
It was a tough month with the holiday and other factors, including tearing her meniscus in her right knee.
Her doctor, Steven Foley, specializes in treating women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
He says Shannon's weight loss is well over the average.
Women with PCOS have trouble losing weight because of insulin resistance, which basically tells your body it's starving.
"Everybody wants to lose it fast, nobody gained it fast, most people gain their weight over time and what you really don't want to do is lose your weight and then gain it back so learning how to do things differently and learning how to do life differently, eat differently, all those things will help you lose it and keep it off," said Dr. Foley.
Shannon says she's sharing her story in hopes that young girls with PCOS will discover it earlier than she did.
"Next month I'm getting on a plane to go to Chicago for work, and I'm not looking forward to that because of the things that have led in my life to getting on a plane as an overweight person. To get on a plane as a 14 or 15 year old who has PCOS.. and that girl doesn't know that she has it, I want her to know that she has it and I want her to know that you can change it," she added.
It's a permanent lifestyle change for Shannon.
"I have been to look in the mirror for the first time in my whole life and be able to see a silhouette underneath everything, that I'm proud of," she said.
Below are links to previous stories with Shannon: