Monica Pettengill Jerkins was raised in the St. John Valley on a traditional New England diet of meat and potatoes. Genetics and life choices have both contributed over the years to her weight gain. After leaving Aroostook County for several years she has returned to her roots and currently lives in Madawaska with her husband and three daughters. She is the editor of Fiddlehead Focus, a fast-growing and popular web and print news source in northern Aroostook County. Recently, her thoughts have turned to her health and lifelong issues with weight. Heavy was conceived when she decided to share her stories and struggles with readers, hoping that others might find a familiar and comforting ally in her experiences and writings.