Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, PCOS, Empowerment and You

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

What would you do to build your family?

During Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition airing June 10, 2012, Chris Powell, Trainer for the Morbidly Obese, worked with Jacqui, a client whose motivation to transform her life began when she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)* and learned her current health depleted her fertility by 94%.

Jacqui was informed her current health depleted her fertility, however sometimes the effects of PCOS can reverse itself with weight loss.  Recognizing she needed help to get healthy so she could have children, she reached out to a professional hoping to gain the skills and support needed to take action and change her life.  Jacqui began her journey at 355 pounds.

After her initial training period, Jacqui gave Chris a gift, a bracelet with the word “Empower” on it.  She told him she now realizes she is capable of so much more than she ever thought.  Because of what he taught her, because of his support, she felt empowered.  Jacqui wakes up every day knowing she’s strong.  Jacqui exceeded her goals for every stage of her journey.

Some memorable Chris Powell quotes…

  • “Life starts at the end of your comfort zone.”
  • “You (Jacqui) are an example of how powerful we ALL are.”

Jacqui was driven and motivated by thoughts of having her family and knowing what a strong person she was evolving into.  Jacqui’s final weigh in was 148.  She was told she now has the same chance of pregnancy as any other woman, without PCOS.

As Jacqui said, “If at first you don’t succeed, keep fighting.”

Are you ready to gain the skills and support needed to effectively follow your path to empowerment? Are you set to work on your family-building journey? Say “Go” and we are here for you.


*PCOS produces symptoms in approximately 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age (12–45 years old). It is thought to be one of the leading causes of female subfertility[4][5][6] and the most frequent endocrine problem in women of reproductive age.[7] – Wikipedia

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Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition

Jacqui and Chris Powell

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach