Tonight’s episode of “My 600-Lb. Life” gave viewers a glimpse of the life of a morbidly obese woman. This series explores a year during the life of 600-pound individuals trying to regain control over their lives. June McCamey 43 is one of them; she lives in Houston, Texas and weighs 585 pounds and has lymphedema in her legs making it difficult to walk. As the episode begins she states that she is living in a vacuum. She is in pain, and it hurts for her to sit up. She needs help from her girlfriend Sadi, who bathes her, and helps her get dressed.
When she was a child, she did not struggle with her weight. Once she started having children, the weight came on. She had four children and was 300 pounds when she had her last child. Three years ago, her world came crashing down when she lost her son Mack. At the wrong place at the wrong time, and with people he should not have been with; he was shot and killed. Her daughter came in yelling that Mack was dead, and she knew her life was over too. Her sister Marilyn knows that she then started to give up and began to eat her pain. Sadi knows how she feels, but she cannot stop eating. Sadi met June a few years ago when she was a confident woman. Sadi now has become her gopher that goes for fast food two to three times a day. June knows that if her son saw her this way, he would not be happy.
At month one, she found the compassionate and wonderful Dr. Nowzaradan who specializes in weight-loss surgery for patients her size right in her town. She has an appointment with him today. Getting in the car is a struggle, and she hopes that Dr. Now can help her. She weighs 590 pounds and describes how she attained her size by eating all the time. Sadi is not overweight and the doctor knows that she is not participating. When an enabler is not participating in poor eating habits, they are being manipulated. According to her chart, she had a number of issues, including a heart attack in 2011 preceded by a major stroke in 2010.
Because of her condition, Dr. Nowzaradan admitted her to the hospital to keep an eye on her while reducing her weight. Once he sends her home, and she is on her own, she must prove to him that she can lose weight before he can consider her for bypass. She did not expect to go to the hospital and is very overwhelmed. The next day, Dr. Now came in to tell her that she is suffering from malnutrition. She will be in a controlled environment for a month in the hospital before any further decisions can be made. He feels that she could not survive catching a cold right now.
At month two, she is not happy with the diet. He knows that she is used to telling people she is sick and getting them to wait on her. Her partner is still waiting on her each day, and her weight is now 536 pounds with a loss of 54 pounds. He let her go home from the hospital and next month he only wants her to lose five pounds. If she loses the weight by the next month, he will approve her for surgery. Three weeks later, she had Sadi make her steak and potatoes for dinner. It was an enormous portion, and she ate it all.
At month three, her doctor visit showed that she gained twenty pounds and now weighs 556. When he asked her what happened, she told him it was fluid. She then admitted that she cheated a few times, but he knows better. When he told her that she used “being sick” as an excuse for everything, she disagreed. He then called her bluff and told her to come back in two weeks with the twenty pounds gone. One week later, she was home and making food she can eat and even walking. He told her to ditch the walker, and she has done that. At the next visit, she weighed 525 pounds with a loss of 31 pounds, and a total of 65 pounds lost.
At month four, she was admitted for gastric bypass surgery. He was fearful that once inside her body, he may find a problem, but everything went smoothly. Dr. Nowzaradan knows that she must find another outlet if she is to be successful long term. Three days later, she was to be discharged, but she refused to go home. She wants to say in the hospital for one more day, and he fears she is using an old excuse for staying.
At month six, her current weight is 504 with total loss of 86 pounds, but loss since surgery is only 16 pounds. After two weeks in the hospital, June returned home to continue her recovery. Her youngest daughter La’Terria has come to stay with her, but she does not feel well. She is frustrated and is throwing up after eating.
At month eight, she returned to the doctor’s office. She has been in and out of the hospital and now weighs 501. She was in the hospital three times since the surgery, and he knows there is nothing wrong. He suggested she sees a therapist, and she did not want to tell a stranger her problems. He told her if he did not trust her, she should see another doctor. He knows that by not wanting to see a therapist; she already knows what her problem is, but does not want to face it.
At month nine, currently weighing 492, total loss, 98 and loss since surgery 28 pounds, she saw Lola, a therapist. She spoke about her son and seemed to have a good rapport with Lola.
At month ten, she weighed 456, with a total loss of 134 and loss since surgery of 64 pounds. Today is Mack’s birthday and she and her daughter are releasing balloons in his memory.
At month eleven, she weighed 416, with loss since surgery of 104 and total loss of 174 pounds. She is at the beauty parlor having her hair done and taking care of herself.
At month twelve, at the doctor’s office, she weighed 389 with a total loss of 201 pounds and plans to get down to 200 pounds as a goal. Her attitude has changed, and she is looking and feeling good. Congratulations, June, continue your journey of happiness and good health as seen on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.”