'Life wasn't over' – While she was pregnant, Kern put on 40 pounds. After receiving her diagnosis, her weight climbed to more than 260 pounds in a matter of four years.
'Life wasn't over' – Her heart disease made working out nearly impossible, so she started counting calories. She limited her caloric intake to 1,200 calories a day for a few months, losing 20 pounds.
'Life wasn't over' – From 2011 until 2013, Kern watched what she ate. "I didn't adhere to any fad diets. I tried to go for a really balanced diet with protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. I learned the healthier you eat, the more you can eat," she says.
'Life wasn't over' – Kern poses with her brother at Christmas time in 2012, on the left, and 2013, on the right.
'Life wasn't over' – It took Kern two years to lose 125 pounds. Now she weighs 135 pounds and is able to do light exercises at the gym. "When I was first diagnosed, I had this tiny baby. The thought in my head was I was never going to see her grow up, and that pushed me," she says.