NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Mary Cronin (65) from Park Road was almost fully insulin dependent and nearly confined to a wheelchair until she lost over three stone with Slimming World. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

Not only is one local woman thrilled to have lost over three stone – but is ecstatic to ditch the medication and life in a wheelchair.

Mary Cronin (65) from Park Road was almost fully insulin dependent and nearly confined to a wheelchair full-time but is now walking straighter and has ditched the medication after her dramatic weight loss.

Ten months ago Mary joined Marie O’Sullivan’s Slimming World group in Hotel Killarney and says the change in her life is phenomenal.

“The change is absolutely amazing, I never thought I’d see the day,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I was bent over and I had Type 2 diabetes and they were going to make me fully insulin dependent. Three years ago I had to retire as a carer with the HSE and was told I was to use a wheelchair full-time. Since losing the weight I have seen my health improve one hundred percent. It has changed my life.”

Now she says she has a new lease of life for her 15 grandchildren and enjoys socialising more.

“I tried other groups but it didn’t work out. With SW it’s the friendships and they’re all there to support each other.