A Leap of Faith
My name is Faith Anne Heeren and I founded OCEANS Lifestyles in the summer of 2018. When I was 16, I underwent gastric bypass. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery came after a lifetime of living with obesity and dealing with its challenges. During my journey, all I wanted was to talk to someone who was going through the same things as me.
Five years later after my weight loss surgery, I realized the journey never ends and we all need support every step of the way. That’s the idea behind OCEANS: that teens can come together in a completely judgement free space designed specifically for them, to talk about obesity, health, and all the challenges in our individual journeys. I hope you find a community here. I hope you find a safe space. I hope you find support. Ultimately, I hope you feel empowered.
OCEANS stickers are now available on Redbubble! The image to the left is just one of our cool new designs. Be sure to show your OCEANS pride and support for ending weight stigma. New merchandise and designs will be added over time so be sure to check back!