The hurricanes that battered islands across the Caribbean in the last two weeks, leaving the lives of thousands in shambles, brought me back to a time that I don't think about too often. My family had only recently moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, 19 years ago, when Hurricane Georges, a Category 3 hurricane, slammed into the island. It cost us our future home and left the island without power and water for weeks.
Rebecca Privitera desperately wanted to lose the excess weight she had carried around her entire life. In 2010, she had the opportunity to do it when her employer organized a company weight loss challenge.