Michelle Buteau is back on the street, this time on her own two feet.
WDBJ7 is reporting that she is making a living on their radio station as a comedian after being forced to leave work and onto public assistance after a tragic shooting at her workplace left her boyfriend and colleague, executive producer Adam Ward, dead and three others injured.
A 15-minute segment titled “I, Survivor” is poking fun at how the reporter attempted to balance her recovery from injuries sustained in the shooting and her non-stop schedule.
“I was so overtaxed that I made the decision to turn to the most fundamental necessity and support my recovery: eating. I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition that caused me to gain 50 pounds,” Buteau says during the segment.
Buteau said she “lived like a 12-year-old kid” because of the stress she was dealing with. It wasn’t until she was able to stop eating at one point that she saw her weight and attitude drop.
“You couldn’t force me to eat, I hated food, I felt terrible that I was fat and miserable I was hungry. I realized I needed to get that weight off by myself, I don’t really have the time or the desire for that anymore,” she said.
“My family didn’t get very upset, they just stepped up and helped me. They picked me up, changed me into something that made me feel better and gave me the motivation I needed.”