18-year-old hopes to share message of strength on "The Biggest L - KOAM TV 7

18-year-old hopes to share message of strength on "The Biggest Loser"

High school senior Tabatha Love, like many others, has memories of the Joplin tornado.  She was in a church across from Joplin's old high school.  

"I saw people carrying loved ones who had passed away.  And that's something that never leaves you.  I mean, to this day, I still have nightmares," says Love.

And again, like many others, Love is trying to overcome a weight issue.  She says she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome last year, which helps cause weight gain.

"I played basketball, but it seemed like no matter how much I did, no matter how much I watched what I ate, the weight just never went anywhere.  I've struggled with weight issues my whole life, and I've been bullied through school," says Love.

She wants help from the TV show "The Biggest Loser."  She knows it'll be tough.

Love says, "I'm scared of Jillian Michaels!"

Love also wants to give help.

"I want them (viewers) to be inspired.  She's taking a step to change her life and even save her life.  Because not only am I going to help myself, but I'm going to inspire a community that after the tornado, did so much for me," says Love.

Love travels soon to Oklahoma City for a casting call.  No matter the outcome, though, her friends like Sarah Heinberg says she's already an inspiration.

"She's been through a lot of stuff.  And she's still going.  She still has a smile on her face.  She's just a great person," says Heinberg.

Love's casting call is on Saturday.  She hopes to find out that day if she advances to the next level of casting calls.

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