A MUM who went through the heartbreak of losing her son 10 years ago has turned tragedy into triumph after setting up her own business to help others.

Sheila Henshall, from Dentons Green, lost three stones in three months after starting The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan after she had gained weight following the tragedy.

Sheila went on to win an all-expenses paid trip to Iceland after seeing off much competition to win the National Family Champion Slimmer’s Award.

Since then Sheila, 55, has trained as a consultant for The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and since April last year has helped dozens of people lose weight and keep it off.

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Sheila Henshall

She now has a well-established business and a small team of consultants to help residents in St Helens, and further afield, in losing weight quickly, efficiently and to provide lots of one to one support.

Sheila suffered the heartbreak of losing son Dean, aged 12, in October 2009. Dean had a rare form of epilepsy and died after a severe seizure.

A year before his death he had been diagnosed with GEFS+ Syndrome which causes sufferers to have seizures when their temperatures are high.

Meanwhile, Sheila's daughter Lucy, now 24, suffers from an even more rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome.

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Dean Henshall

Following the tragedy, Sheila turned to comfort eating and after gaining weight was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and was also experiencing problems with her back and feet which impacted on her ability to care for Lucy.

Now, after turning her life around, Sheila wants to use her experience to help others and this led her to train as a 1:1 Diet consultant.

"After successfully losing weight on The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and then going on to win the award I started to feel so much more positive about life," said Sheila.

"After struggling with my weight for so long I found myself feeling healthier, fitter and having a much more positive frame of mind.

"This motivated me to train as a consultant so I could support and encourage others to lose weight, become healthier and improve their mental well-being," added Sheila.

"I understand, from my own experience that people have got to be ready to lose weight for themselves and my job is to support them through the process and to help them to achieve their goals.”

Sheila also mentioned that the need to look after her daughter Lucy was also a driving factor behind her weight loss.

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The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan has been around for 35 years and has a variety of products and plans to suit everyone and comes with a full package of 1:1 support from a trained Consultant.

Sheila added: “Since the recent medical research of the ‘DROPLET trial’ whereby Doctors referred overweight people to low energy treatment there has been much research and interest in how a very low-calorie diet can help people with type two diabetes, cardio vascular disease, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis and psoriasis to name a few conditions.”

"Although the research is new it is exciting to think that losing just 10 per cent of your body weight on a very low-calorie diet can have such a beneficial effect in such a short space of time.”

Throughout January Sheila is offering a reduction of 10 per cent on all products.

To book a FREE consultation, contact Sheila on 07305921434.