Tonight on TLC’s MY 600-LB LIFE, Penny, 46 explores the possibility of life-changing gastric bypass surgery. To do so she must leave her home by getting out of her bed, where she has spent the better part of four years.
Married with a child, Penny is unable to function on her own and her body controls her decisions. She is turning to a physician to guide her through the process of growing smaller. In the photo above she is seen with Dr. Nowzaradan.
Penny is cared for by her husband and her son Liam only knows a mom who is bedridden.
Thanks to technology, she can participate in some fashion, in simple household activities like conversing over dinner. She remains in her bed and via Skype she can be present and speak to her family. If that sounds sad, you might have an inkling, just a small one, about why Penny has decided to take the plunge and try something new.
Make no mistake about it, however. Having the surgery in her present condition is dangerous. The recovery period can be rough and not just in a physical sense.
It will be a daunting task to rebuild a sense of self after being completely dependent on others, living each day as someone without much of an identity outside of a patient. The toll it can take on personal relationships cannot be minimized.
While one would think it would be make everything better, it isn’t always the case.
TLC airs new episodes in MY 600-LB LIFE Tuesday nights starting at 9:oo p.m. ET/8 CT. Image credit: Discovery/TLC