Author: Muriel Mena

Muriel’s story: Choosing life after loss

PHOTO: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S

I was with my mom when she had a heart attack. I was only 3 years old, but I remember her falling down and the EMTs arriving and later being told she had passed away.

As I got older, I understood that my mom’s weight and health habits caused her heart disease and ultimately her death. As a kid who was always overweight, this haunted me.

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