Her latest battle won by Nicola
ARUNCORN woman – who was brutally assaulted as a toddler leaving her wheelchair-bound for her entire adult life, and with crippling rheumatoid arthritis – has triumphed over her latest battle.
Nicola Nicholls, 38, was just two-anda-half when, with her tiny cousin, she wandered out of the back garden of her aunt’s house.
The children went into a nearby playing field, where Nicola was savagely beaten by an older boy and left unconscious with lifechanging injuries.
As she grew older and her joints started to seize up as a result of the horrendous attack, Nicola resolved that her bubbly personality and sharp mind would compensate for her failing body.
By the age of 10 she was wheelchair bound but utterly determined that her injuries would not hold her back from living as normal a life as possible.
She went on to gain full-time employment and by the age of 23 had married husband Andy, a systems analyst and magician, who she met by chance on an online chat room. The couple have a son, Harrison, 12. However the progressively worsening rheumatoid arthritis made it virtually impossible for Nicola to exercise and as a consequence her weight ballooned.
The constant battle with the scales was becoming a part of her life which ● was starting to d depress h her, over and d above the trauma of her disability.
When her friend and former work colleague Emma Kennedy launched Slimming World classes at The Heath Business And Technical Park Nicola promptly decided this was the chance she needed to enhance her shape and increase her life expectancy, giving her many more happy years with her family. Nicola signed up to Slimming World on January 18 weighing 12 stone, four pounds.
In her first week she promptly shed seven pounds, and the weight continued to drop off.
She had set her target to get down to seven stone four pounds. Now, eight months later, Nicola reached her target by tipping the scales at that figure, and won the Slimming World Five Stone Award, attributing part of her success to the motivation and support she gained.
Nicola said: “I started Slimming World feeling really unsure.
“I didn’t know if it would work and I didn’t know how it would work with me being a full-time wheelchair user and unable to walk, let alone exercise or even get weighed at class.
“However, my consultant Emma was amazing and told me that they could enter my weight manually if I could get weighed elsewhere such as at the doctors or at home, if I could manage it.
“I rolled – pun intended – in to my first class weighing 12 stone, four pounds.
“I’m ashamed to admit that number but I know I’ll never see it again!”
Before: Nicola at 12st 4lbs