‘My 600-Lb Life’: Shannon Lowery Struggling With Move to Houston for Surgery With Dr. Now

My 600-Lb Life star Shannon Lowery recently appeared on Season 9, Episode 10 of the show. Entitled “Shannon’s Journey,” the episode follows Lowery as she explains how she feels about her current lifestyle, her life story, and her goals for the future. Dr. Now’s assessment gave Lowery a goal to meet for surgery, but it looks like financial troubles could be getting in the way of Lower’s efforts and planning. 

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Dr. Now of 'My 600-Lb Life'
Dr. Now of ‘My 600-Lb Life’ | TLC via YouTube

Fans of My 600-Lb Life met Shannon Lowery on her March 3 series debut. Lowery was very upfront about her current living situation, describing her lack of mobility as being something that makes her hate her life. 

“I hate my life because I’m not even living anymore. I’m too big to do anything, so my whole world is just my bed right now. I can still get up, but just barely because of how bad it hurts to move all my weight around now,” Lowery said during her episode. 

“So I stay in this bed all day, and it’s miserable. The only activity I get is when I have to get up for my husband, Simon, to clean me, to go to the bathroom, or to eat,” she added. 

Lowery also revealed that her parents’ divorce one of the defining events in her childhood that led to her utilizing food as a coping mechanism. 

“He was always working to keep a roof over our head. There was never food at the house because he was always working, so I would go to his work and eat — he worked in fast food,” explained Lowery. 

“And I think that’s where my love of food really started. Because my stepmom and my brothers had moved out, and I was all of a sudden alone most of the time. So I used food to help me feel better when I was lonely.”

‘My 600-Lb Life’: Dr. Now sets out a goal

Shannon Lowery on 'My 600-Lb Life'
Shannon Lowery on ‘My 600-Lb Life’ | TLC via YouTube

The My 600-Lb Life star’s first meeting with Dr. Now did not go exactly as she had hoped. During the video call, Now asked her to lose 100 pounds within two months. Lowery later traveled to Texas to meet Dr. Now in person. 

They discovered that Lowery weighed 739 pounds, and she was hospitalized to treat medical issues that were causing potentially immediate complications. Two weeks of hospitalization allowed Lowery to travel home, where she was tasked with losing 150 pounds in two months. 

Her next visit proved to be a disappointment for Lowery. Dr. Now revealed that the My 600-Lb Life star had gained weight. Lowery re-dedicated herself to a training regimen at the gym, and managed to lose weight. 

Dr. Now gave Shannon another big goal — 150 pounds in two months, again. Part of the goal included a move to Texas within those two months, so she could get weight loss surgery with Dr. Now. 

‘My 600-Lb Life’ star Shannon Lowery struggles to make move


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Although the My 600-Lb Life star has been working hard and making impressive progress towards her goals, she is struggling to make the move to Houston amid financial difficulty. Lowery took to Facebook in February to share her frustrations, as reported by Distractify.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I need to move to Houston, Texas so I can get surgery to save my life,” wrote Lowery. 

“But everything I find in the way of an apartment or house I can’t afford. I’m one income and have no one else to come with me. I’m freaked out and p*ssed off and depressed all in one,” she added.