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At her heaviest, Schenee Murry, 28, was 665 pounds. After suffering from two miscarriages, Murry sought aid from the My 600-LB Life TV show. The TLC hit series features individuals who weigh more than 600 pounds by documenting their physical and emotional struggles with losing weight.
On the show, Murry was put on a strict diet regimen and advised to seek mental health counseling by the show’s bariatric surgeon, Younan Nowzaradan, M.D. However, as reported by People, she ended up gaining an additional 47 pounds in four months and never attended the recommended therapy sessions.
“I don’t think you’re grasping how dangerous your health situation is,” Nowzaradan told Murry on the show. “With all the health issues you’ve got, you may not make it to 30.”
She eventually quit the TLC show after five months and, according to Nowzardan, blocked the show creators’ calls. But, the Indianapolis native felt the show misrepresented her story and who she was as a person, which is why she quit and launched a donation-based campaign to raise money for the emergency surgery instead.
“Due to heavy editing of that show, my TRUE story was NOT told,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.“There were several inaccuracies that were shown that put me and my husband in a bad light. There was only a passing acknowledgment of my health issues, my relationship with my family and my emotional issues. I am asking for donations so that I can seek the help that I need and spread my TRUE story.”
In a heartfelt moment during the April 4 episode, Murry said the burden of her weight is ruining her life.
“I feel like it’s suffocating me,” she said. “I feel like a burden to my family, I feel like a burden to everyone in my life.”
At the time this story published, Murry raised $205 of her $50,000 goal on GoFundMe.