Jennifer sought help from Dr. Phil because she and her husband, Ben, were desperate for help to save their marriage. Here’s what she had to say on the show:
We reach out to help others. Seldom do we ask for help ourselves. My family's life reached a breaking point when too many negatives toppled upon us. My mother-in-law moved in with us because she had taken a bad fall and could not take care of herself. One month later, the economy stripped me of my job I had loved for three years without notice or severance. My not-so-stable marriage was falling apart at the seams " we were as unhealthy as unhealthy gets.
I wrote the Dr. Phil show out of pure desperation. We are not the type of people who like to air our dirty laundry, but if we could fix things, well, then the good would definitely outweigh the bad, and that would be worth the risk.
Jennifer gives an update:
The Dr. Phil staff was extremely genuine and professional. The made us feel very special, as if we didn't have a care in the world. Dr. Phil himself opened up our eyes and made us realize we are accountable for our own actions. It took my husband and I about a week to stop saying, "Wow". His "in your face" approach was just a nicer way of kicking our butt without physically leaving bruises.
Dr. Phil also promised us help once we returned to our world in Missouri. His resource director was fabulous, and sent us a bunch of books to get started on. From there, they sent us to a four-day marriage boot camp. It was an intimate experience where we learned so much about ourselves, our partner and the people around us. They set up mock situations one would never want to face " but it made you think, and it brought out love. The boot camp directors are still in contact with us, as well as other people we went through the camp with. It was an experience I will never forget. I will always be grateful for the blessings it has brought to my marriage and family.
The show is also helping my husband and I get in shape. With everything falling apart around us, our weight was of no concern. Well, that lack of concern has affected our children, our sex life and our health. We have been set up with gym memberships, and a personal trainer will be guiding us to a healthier way of life.
I am ever so grateful for everything Dr. Phil and his wonderful staff has done for me and my family. They literally pulled us out of hell, and to this day, are showing us a better life individually and as a family. We are stronger than we have ever been, and it would not be possible without the continuous help of Dr. Phil and staff.