Amber Rachdi, 24, lost 267 lbs from her previous weight 660-lb frame for over a year when her episode from the TLC’s “My 600-lb Life” was aired.
Because of her weight, she as stuck at home and living in with her parents and boyfriend at Troutdale, Oregon. Her obesity immobilized her and the only time where she leaves the house is to go with her boyfriend of 2 years, Rowdy, to buy more food; and for her to be able to do that, she needs to ride a mobility scooter.
According to Amber, Rowdy prefers bigger woman. Unfortunately, intimacy with her boyfriend was non-existent because she’s too overweight to do anything.
Amber was aware that because of her bad eating habits, she will be dead before her 30th birthday. So, with the help of her parents, they made a trip to Houston, Texas and asked for the help of the TLC’s My 600-lb Life resident weight-loss surgeon Dr Nowzaradan for a gastric bypass.
Unfortunately, traveling to Houston, Texas was a challenge. Before going inside the airport doors, she breaks her wheelchair because she’s too heavy. Her father, Abe was able to find an oversized luggage cart and wheels at the airport. Amber also needs to purchase two seats on the airplane and still had a hard time to ‘squeeze’ herself into the row. She had anxiety attacks throughout the trip that she vomited several times.
As soon as they met Dr Nowzaradan, his prognosis is bleak. He told Amber and his family that she must lose 20lbs before ‘considering’ the surgery. Amber started to cook her own healthy meal (chicken and vegetables) on her first night and she’s trying to resist temptation as her boyfriend eats fast food across the table from her. She also tries to stand up and walk on her own and do some gentle exercises.
In three months, she was able to lose 17lbs and Dr. Nowzaradan agreed to performed the surgery. Amber’s enlarged stomach from the size of a ‘football’ was reduced to a size of a ‘baseball’. After a few months, she was introduced to a counselor to help her manage her chronic anxiety in healthier ways and to stop eating her feelings out.
At around of 7 months, she managed to lose 92 lbs and dropped a lot of fluid from her legs. She can finally fit behind the wheel of a car and she was able to drive on her own again. Around 9 months later, she lost a total of 145lbs and she finally went shopping for first time in years. She surprised herself by knowing that she’s now a 2X from her previous size of 6X.
She saw again Dr Nowzaradan at her 12th month of journey and checked her weight. All in all, she lost a total of 267lbs and now weighs 390lbs. The doctor also said that he was willing to perform another surgery to remove her excess skin once she reached 250lbs.
Amber’s family moved back to Oregon and she’s living with Rowdy. They were able to finally have their second date together and take a trip to the zoo. She hopes to finish college, get a job, get married, and start a family.
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