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July 14, 2013

Staying on course

After facing health hazards, PCHS golfer now fitter, ready to play as senior


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After going through several tests — one that showed her blood pressure at an alarming level almost off the charts — she was seen by several physicians.
On October 13, 2011 during her sophomore year at Pulaski County High School, Lexie Parks walked into the University of Kentucky Medical Center and was treated by Dr. Chisti, who immediately placed her in UK’s Pediatric ICU for a week.
And then, after treatment and tests, finally came the diagnosis that no 15-year old kid wants to hear — Lexie Parks was diagnosed as suffering from obesity.
The PC senior said at that moment, it was one of the hardest things she had ever had to listen to.
“That hit me pretty hard because I had been made fun of as a kid growing up about my weight, and hearing that just broke my heart, and I just kind of broke down at that moment,” stated Parks.
“There was part of me that wanted it to be something else that was wrong and it wasn’t my weight that was the problem, because I had avoided it for so long,” Parks added. “A lot of girls my age struggle with weight issues today, and if nothing else comes out of my story, hopefully, if there is someone out there that is struggling with this problem, they will see me as an inspiration and seek help and treatment.”
Despite keeping a positive attitude through the midst of a storm that no 15-year old should have to endure, not all was sunshine and roses for Parks.
She struggled with her health — she struggled with her weight. And, worst of all, there would be no golf as a sophomore, as she just wasn’t healthy enough to participate in a sport that she loved.
She had to watch her teammates and friends compete that season at PC while she sat in a golf cart as an observer and cheerleader.

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