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A Life Changing Story Thanks to Twitter

By Sydney Berger | Oct 24th, 2014

Justin Wiseman, who was featured on the October 24th, 2014 episode of The View, credits our own Rosie O’Donnell for saving his life. You’d never guess by looking at Justin, a 30-year-old man from Illinois, that he has lost over 400 pounds by dieting, exercising, and undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure.


By tweeting him throughout his weight loss journey, Rosie, according to Justin, encouraged him to embrace not only a healthier lifestyle, but also gave him the will to live.

“When you weigh 600 pounds, everything hurts.” I can’t believe where I’m at … I was big my entire life,” Justin said on The View. “But do you know what helped me? You did. I wanted to live. I didn’t know what it was like to live. I had no clue,” Justin said to Rosie. Check out his interview with Rosie below, followed by an after show Q&A:

Meet My Tweet|Justin, Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter Friend, shares his story.|Justin, Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter Friend, shares his story and how Rosie saved his life.

After The View, we spoke with Justin and got his reaction:

Q: What was it like to meet your inspiration, Rosie?
Justin: “It was a dream come true. I can’t even tell you. It’s surreal; it’s really surreal. She’s amazing. She’s beautiful.”

What advice do you have for other young people and adults struggling with obesity?
“Find a reason to live, whatever it may be, and follow that. If you dream it, and you believe it, then you will live it.”

What’s your message to those kids out there who need help?
“Just start making small changes, little bitty changes, now. And if you make it now — For example, if you have an apple instead of a candy bar—those little bitty changes can make a huge difference later.”

“I just want to help as many kids as possible. I want to continue to share my story with kids so that they don’t wind up 26 and almost dead.” – Justin Wiseman

You can follow Justin’s journey on Twitter: @theliveitlist