TYLER (KYTX) - Jerry Andrade received a birthday gift after he had a stroke at just 20 years old. It was a membership to a gym. What he thought was the worst gift, at the time, turned into the biggest gift of his life.
Jerry Andrade is a regular at XTC Fitness and Sports now, but walking into the gym for the first time was one of the hardest things Jerry's ever had to do. "To go into a room of people, who are sweating, they're in shape and all of that and you're just the biggest guy," says Jerry Andrade.
At his heaviest, Jerry weighed 344 pounds, wore a 3XL and a size 56 pants. "The doctor said if I continued to be the way I was and continue eating what I was eating, living that lifestyle, he said I was going to die at a very young age," recalls Jerry.