'My 600-lb Life': After suffering a heart attack, Coliesa's weight-loss surgery hangs by a thin thread
Coliesa McMillian has struggled with her weight ever since she was a small child and now, her will to lose weight
Coliesa McMillian's weight has been a problem for her since a very young age and her mental health did not make it easy for her to take control over what she ate. She revealed that it all started with an alcoholic father who did not care enough for her. This was followed by an abusive husband, whom she managed to escape only after he was arrested.
To make things worse, when Coliesa thought that she had finally found a person who would love and care for her, she lost him in a car accident. With a series of events piled up one after the other that drains Coliesa out, it was no surprise that she turned to food for comfort. However, she knew that she could not continue living like this.
She made it clear that she wanted to lose weight and work hard on herself for the sake of her daughters. A mother of four, Coliesa knew that she had a lot of responsibilities up her sleeves but she was unable to take these because of her weight. After careful consideration, Coliesa finally decided to meet Dr Younan Nowzaradan.
Even though she found it hard to make it to Houston, she finally made it. When Coliesa first weighed herself, she was at 643 lbs. She was shocked and upset to look at her weight but she was happy as she realized that it could have been worse. She then met Dr Nowzaradan who questioned her about her food habits.
He then found out that Coliesa had a previous heart condition that dimmed the chances of her getting a surgery. He wanted to know what health problems she had in order to ensure that after she lost the weight, she would be able to undergo the surgery as well.
However, he wanted to first see if Coliesa was fully committed to losing the weight. He advised her to lose 50 lbs in a month and then come back for another consultation. He also gave her a diet chart and a series of exercises to do. For the first month, Coliesa worked hard to control her eating urges. She stated that she had reduced her food intake to three meals a day.
Meanwhile, she also started working out. However, she revealed that she was still having difficulties walking and refrained from continuing it. Finally, the day had come when she had to meet Dr Nowzaradan again. This time, she weighed 616lbs and had lost 27lbs. Coliesa was disappointed as she thought she would have lost more than that.
She told Dr Nowzaradan that she had been working hard and following the diet chart that he had given. However, Dr Nowzaradan did not agree. He told her that she would have lost more weight had she had been following the diet properly. Coliesa broke down crying as she felt that all her efforts were being futile.
Dr Nowzaradan asked her to work harder and not give up. Speaking to the camera, he stated that Coliesa was trying to manipulate herself and him by crying and it was important for her to work on herself. After her meeting with Dr Nowzaradan, Coliesa moved to Houston as she was focused on losing more weight.
Despite this, she was second-guessing her actions as she was worried that she was leaving everything behind and making a big move. Luckily, her youngest daughter motivated her to take the step and work on herself. Once Coliesa moved to Houston, she tried working hard in the same way. For her third consultation, she was advised to lose 50 lbs more.
However, this time, she weighed 591lbs and had lost 25lbs. Coliesa felt disappointed. Dr Nowzaradan suggested that she should meet a therapist and talk about what she had been feeling. Coliesa agreed and though the therapy made her better, her struggle was not over. A couple of days after the surgery, Coliesa started experiencing sharp abdominal pains.
She decided to go meet Dr Nowzaradan and revealed that she hadn't used the restroom for a couple of days. Dr Nowzaradan knew that he had to be treated immediately and admitted her in the hospital, which automatically brought her weight-loss journey to a halt.
After looking at her reports, Dr Nowzaradan realized that she might need surgery because she had a blockage but it was difficult for her to undergo surgery because of her health issues. He was concerned that her life could be put in danger if he did go ahead with the surgery. He further revealed that her weight loss was not like he had expected.
He advised Coliesa to watch her diet and try to stick to the chart. She said she was trying her best and hadn't had a lot of food like she usually does. However, Dr Nowzaradan warned her that her life would be in danger if she continued to eat like the way she did. He also gave her medications to help with her heart problems.
Coliesa agreed, but felt like Dr Nowzaradan was not seeing the efforts she was putting in. Despite this, she had hope that her life could be better once she lost weight. This motivated her to push herself again. Luckily for her, after a couple of days, Coliesa got the news that she was approved for the weight-loss surgery because her heart was strong enough.
She felt emotional and scared but knew that she was ready. Fortunately, the surgery was successful and Coliesa was advised to stay on a liquid diet for some time. A month after her weight-loss surgery, Coliesa confessed that she felt different and was doing everything on point ever since she returned from the hospital.
She further revealed that she has started taking walks outside and pushes herself as much as she can. For the first time, Coliesa was excited to meet Dr Nowzaradan. When she arrived at the hospital she realized that she had lost 25lbs and now weighed 499lbs. This was the first time she was below 500lbs and felt pleased with the efforts she had put.
Dr Nowzaradan asked her to continue her therapy while also working hard to lose weight. She promised to keep working hard and to make him proud. Coliesa confessed that she was feeling emotional and added that she was grateful it happened. Calling Dr Nowzaradan her angel, Coliesa was now ready to work harder than ever.
'My 600-lb Life' airs on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET on TLC.