WATCH: Widow Finds Purpose in Raising Guide Dogs

06/11/2015 12:21 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2016

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the difficulties of life and couldn't figure out where to turn? Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Lorraine's husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. After he passed, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds in the process.

In an effort to implement better structure in her life, she became a raiser for Guiding Eyes For the Blind, a nonprofit organization that uses volunteers to train dogs for the blind and visually impaired. As part of the 12- to 16-month-long process of socializing her guide dog Merrick, Lorraine saw Merrick helping her become better socialized as well, attending guide dog meetings and eventually joining a weight-loss program! Before she knew it, Merrick was ready to fulfill his career as a guide dog, and she had lost weight and gained a knew lease on life.