"I think it's a miracle of God that I'm healthy," she said. "I'm alive, and I'm not diabetic. I do not have cholesterol [problems]. I don't have high blood pressure, so I'm healthy."
Sometimes, Rosales said she would occasionally get reminders about her old life, such as when sister Jamie sends her letters from prison. In one letter, Rosales said Jamie wrote that she wanted Rosales to take care of her surviving children, who now live with Rosales and Jamie's ailing mother, if the mother dies while Jamie is still in prison.
Rosales said she visits Jamie's kids often, and that the children call her "mom." She said she is in the process of getting custody of them, and that they are her incentive to keep losing weight and stay alive.
"They were first to know when I was able to stand up for the first time, and then when they saw me walking, they saw me walk in the door, they were very excited," Mayra said. "They are my motivation."