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When Schenee Murry-Hawkins appeared on a recent episode of My 600-Lb. Life, the 27-year-old went in with high hopes. She, along with her husband Freddy, eventually moved to Houston, Texas to be closer to Dr. Nowzaradan in the hopes that she could have weight-loss surgery and change her life. What she and Freddy would soon find out was that along with high hopes, she would also need to have the determination and work ethic to ensure that she could stick to the low 1,200 calories a day diet. She needed to do that in order to shed the initial pounds expected to be given the green light for weight-loss surgery.

She made a lot of excuses for the reason she went from being over 600 pounds to more than 700 during the span of the episode. She blamed her husband for buying bad food, she blamed him for stress that she said was causing her to gain weight instead of lose it at each appointment, and she also blamed fluid in her legs when that didn’t work.

By the end of the episode, Schenee was defensive and ready to rely on her faith in God — not Dr. Now. After a final recommendation to lose 30 pounds in one month, she stopped showing up for appointments and blocked Dr. Now’s phone calls. She ended up tapping out of the program altogether.

But Schenee, now 28, isn’t completely giving up on losing the weight. However, she’s taking a different route. Still in Houston, she has set up a GoFundMe to help her raise enough money, $50,000 to be exact, for weight-loss surgery:

“Im raising this money for a great cause i was dragged to houston texas to get humiliated on national tv an i have been struggling every since for everything” she said in the GoFundMe story. “i have a lot of hopes an dreams an one is to get better i don’t only have weight problems i have other health problems that’s just over looked so im team schenee with a great husband God has blessed us this far.”

So far, she has raised $75 of the $50,000 within the last seven days that the page was created.

We do feel for Schenee. She has been through a lot. She was sexually molested by a relative as a child, and raped as a young adult. But we’re hoping that she will continue to seek out the therapy that Dr. Now’s program tried to provide her. If she does, it could help change her way of thinking (and operating), and in turn, help her successfully work on herself physically. Because even if she does raise the money to have surgery on her own, she will not be able to keep the weight off if she doesn’t change her eating habits, and start taking responsibility for her choices. As frustrating as her episode was, we’re still rooting for her and hoping for a positive turnaround for Schenee.



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