How I Gained It: In 2008, three months after I retired from the NYPD, I was diagnosed with stage IIB cervical cancer. After my cancer battle, I never took time to weigh the fact of what I had gone through. I had come face to face with my own mortality, and that's scary for anyone. Instead, I continued my life using food as an agent of comfort. I have never been what we all call thin, but I started putting on extra pounds. In my mind it didn't matter what I ate or how much I ate; I felt entitled since I had fought for my own life.
In reality, I was sabotaging my already-shaky health and the second shot at life that I had been given.