Last night’s TLC follow-up episode of the hit “My 600-Lb. Life” gave viewers a glimpse of the life today of two of the morbidly obese people and their journey of ups and downs leading to their weight loss. As viewers followed along each month of their weigh-ins, they saw both pleasure and dread as they faced Dr. Nowzaradan and heard his straight-forward critique of their progress. This episode focuses on Bettie Jo and Susan in the current year of their weight-loss journey. Viewers will get a chance to see what has gone on in the lives of these people who took a chance on a doctor who believed in them when their last hope was surgery.
For over ten years, “My 600-Lb. Life” has followed 34 people on a journey to change their lives. Over the past decade, 34 people collectively lost over 8,000 pounds. This story chronicles the second year of Bettie Jo and Susan’s journeys.
One year ago, Bettie Jo was not living a life; she just existed. Before her weight-loss surgery, she weighed 654 pounds. It prevented her from being a real wife to husband Josh. Being her caretaker, his fear was that when she lost weight, she would no longer want him. A year after her journey, she lost 155 pounds.
1 Year & 1 Month: she is currently 499 with a goal of 180. She needs her husband’s help less as she is able to bathe and dress by herself. He seems very dejected. She is sticking to the diet, but her emotions are down. Living in Houston is making her miss her family in Missouri. She and Josh need more support than they have in Houston, and will soon go back to Missouri.
One year ago, Susan was disgusted with how she looked and could no longer take care of herself. Before her weight-loss surgery, she weighed 607 pounds. Her mother was her biggest enabler, but Susan stuck to her diet and was approved for surgery. However, after her surgery, a sudden illness threatened her mobility. He had neuropathy, but through treatment, she overcame the setbacks. Her goal is to be independent of anyone and anything. A year after she started her journey, Susan lost 267 pounds.
1 Year & 1 Month: she is currently 334 with a goal of 180 pounds. She is hoping to get skin surgery, so she moved back with her mother where she was taken back to old habits. Her friends have a swimming pool and they let her use it every day. Her lymphedema is a very large ball of skin and fat with another smaller one below. Once she can get this removed, it will make walking and moving much easier.
1 Year & 3 Months: Bettie Jo is about to see Dr. Nowzaradan after an absence of about two months. Her weight is 478 and she is fearful of what the doctor will say about her moving back home. She told him how depressed she was and was afraid that she would try to kill herself as she had tried nine times before. He was all for her move and knew that her psychiatrist was familiar with her history and her family could take her out of her depression.
Susan is on her way to see Dr. Nowzaradan for a checkup. She is hoping that she is less than 300 pounds to be approved for skin surgery. She was thrilled that he approved her and she cannot wait to be rid of the lymphedema.
1 Year & 4 Months: Bettie Jo and Josh are home in St. Clair, Missouri. She has been meeting with her psychiatrist while Josh’s aunt and uncle are letting them stay in their basement. Josh has a job, and her Aunt Tamara is thrilled that Bettie Jo helps with the cooking and the kids.
1 Year & 6 Months: Susan is headed into surgery to remove the large mass on her abdomen. The mass weighed 46.4 pounds. They must keep an eye on her and avoid infection.
1 Year & 7 Months: Bettie Jo is getting a surprise birthday party from Josh and the family. She is doing better and they want to show her how much support she really has.
Susan is still in the hospital, her incision looks good, but she went for a walk. She is pushing through the pain, but her recovery should take about eight weeks.
Bettie Jo and Josh are expecting and are going in for an ultrasound. Her pregnancy is considered high risk because of her weight. She is praying that everything will be alright and the baby boy will be healthy.
1 Year & 8 Months: Susan is in terrible pain at home and realizes that although she is in pain, it is better than any day at 600 pounds.
Bettie Jo knows that lots of changes are going to come with her being pregnant. At the gym, she has a trainer and loves the workout.
Susan’s stitches have opened up on her stomach, so she is heading to the emergency room. In the hospital, the pain is getting worse and she is in tears. It happened five days ago, and she tried to take care of it herself. Now she is back in surgery and will be on strong antibiotics for several days.
1 Year & 9 Months: Bettie Jo has had a hard few weeks. She recently went to the emergency room because her stomach was hurting. They did a CT scan and noticed a large mass on her spine and the bigger the baby gets, the more he presses on the mass. If they operate on the bone mass, she could lose the baby. She is very stressed about the decision they must make. If they operate, she could lose the baby; but if they do not, she could become paralyzed as the pregnancy goes on. For now they are enjoying being pregnant.
Susan is still in the hospital with the ruptured incision. Dr. Nowzaradan is visiting her and tells her she is getting close to her goal weight.
1 Year & 10 Months: Bettie Jo’s bone mass in her back has progressed and she has been losing some feeling in her legs. His life is more important to her than having the use of her legs.
1 Year & 11 Months: Susan is shopping for clothes that fit better and is looking for a pair of jeans.
Bettie Jo is going to lunch with her female family. They threw her a baby shower to surprise her.
2 Years: Susan is at the doctor’s office and her weight is 210 with a total loss of 397 pounds. She is enjoying herself now and gave Dr. Nowzaradan a big hug. She got to do something she has not done in twenty years; horseback riding on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.”