Doctors Gave Him Two Years to Live. Now, He’s Set to Run a Marathon


Carlos Orosco

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Michigan resident Carlos Orosco is 41 years old, and it’s an age that sticks in his head. That’s because a couple of years ago, his doctor said he’d be dead by now.

Although he’d been heavy his whole life, Orosco started to gain significant weight in his 30s, thanks to a largely sedentary lifestyle, plenty of fast food, and heavy alcohol use. He suffered from terrible joint pain, high blood pressure, circulation issues, and gout.

By the time he hit 38, he was sitting in the doctor’s office to talk about leg amputation. His weight, then 650 pounds, caused cellulitis—a skin infection which occurs when bacteria enter through a crack or break in the skin, leading to slow wound healing and chronic swelling. Those who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to it, because as skin rubs against skin, the chafing can create entry points for the bacteria, which doctors call “disrupted skin.” 

 

Michigan resident Carlos Orosco is 41 years old, and it’s an age that sticks in his head. That’s because a couple years ago, his doctor said he’d be dead by now.

Although he’d been heavy his whole life, Orosco started to gain significant weight in his 30s, thanks to a largely sedentary lifestyle, plenty of fast food, and heavy alcohol use. He suffered from terrible joint pain, high blood pressure, circulation issues, and gout.

By the time he hit 38, he was sitting in the doctor’s office to talk about leg amputation. His weight, then 650 pounds, caused cellulitis—a skin infection which occurs when bacteria enter through a crack or break in the skin, leading to slow wound healing and chronic swelling. Those who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to it, because as skin rubs against skin, the chafing can create entry points for the bacteria, which doctors call “disrupted skin.” 

 

Michigan resident Carlos Orosco is 41 years old, and it’s an age that sticks in his head. That’s because a couple of years ago, his doctor said he’d be dead by now.

Although he’d been heavy his whole life, Orosco started to gain significant weight in his 30s, thanks to a largely sedentary lifestyle, plenty of fast food, and heavy alcohol use. He suffered from terrible joint pain, high blood pressure, circulation issues, and gout.

By the time he hit 38, he was sitting in the doctor’s office to talk about leg amputation. His weight, then 650 pounds, caused cellulitis—a skin infection which occurs when bacteria enter through a crack or break in the skin, leading to slow wound healing and chronic swelling. Those who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to it, because as skin rubs against skin, the chafing can create entry points for the bacteria, which doctors call “disrupted skin.” 

 

But that’s not even his next race. Before that comes up on the calendar, he’s signed up for four more half marathons and the 24-hour Ragnar Trail Relay Race with some running friends.

“These races, and adding the full marathon, give me a chance to keep improving,” he said.

He no longer has to think about the effect of his weight on every movement, like he did only a few years ago. Now, he says, he can just be a runner.

“I used to have the mindset at a race that I didn’t belong, that these people were different from me,” he says. “But on race day, I know I’ve put in the time and the work, and my mind clears of everything except the route in front of me. I finally feel like I belong.”

 

I believe that most of us are not as overweight as he is, but likely 10 or 20 pounds .before going too late, we better have some exercise that is a most important habit which I believe most important is the pressure of enjoying the exercise. like cycling is very good way to if you are less than 220bls .so get a Highwing bike which is the smallest folding bike as well can be pulled to the office which seems cool and awesome.that would help to build the habit easily when you have the bicycle all around you.you never have an excuse anymore .so Hit the road.that is my best suggestion. and stay out home .and enjoy!


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