Coliesa McMillian is the subject of episode 12 for My 600-lb Life season 8, which is currently on-air on TLC. Among all the reality stars that we met in this series, she seems to be one of those with the worst issues. She has an extremely traumatic past and her weight has definitely brought her life to a full-stop. I mean, who needs to be carried in a bucket into the toilet? Do you see what we are trying to say here? Well, read on for more on Coliesa’s full story.
Who is Coliesa & What’s Her Story?
Currently a mother of four, Coliesa has been battling with weight problems since a very tender age. She had an abusive childhood and lived with an alcoholic father. The other members of her family included her mother and four siblings. Things took a more drastic turn when Coliesa’s mum passed away when she was three years old, and all the children were sent to separate foster homes.
After so many emotional hits, Coliesa’s suffering did not stop. She was even molested by one of her cousins and then raped by her uncle when she was only 12. And in order to deal with the trauma, she started to take the support of food — too much of it — which gradually became an addiction. When Coliesa reached her 20s, she was already a mum to four kids and each pregnancy added a few extra pounds to her mass.
Coliesa was not happy with her ex-husband and when he got arrested, she took the chance and left him. She reached Louisiana and met her current fiance Melvin. Things started to look better after a long time but then tragedy struck again. She had a massive heart attack and Melvin died in a car crash. Thus, the junk-stuffing resumed once more.
Currently, she is so morbidly obese that she is almost immobile and needs her sister to help her in even getting to the bathroom. During a voiceover in her episode, Coliesa says, “I’ve allowed food to waste my life. Just the hunger and the want and the crave. It’s taken over my life, and I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted from this life. Living like this is not living. If I don’t lose this weight I’m going to die.”
Where is Coliesa Now?
After struggling for so many years with her weight, Coliesa finally decides to meet Dr. Now and reaches Houston. At the beginning of her journey, she weights 643 lbs. Looking at her condition, the celebrity weight-loss surgeon says, “Her body has reached its breaking point. If she has another heart attack, there will be nothing we can do.”
However, Coliesa is determined to give life another chance. She is given a target to lose enough mass for the gastric sleeve surgery but in spite of all the efforts, she does not even reach half the mark. She then decides to work with a therapist and we see her making a positive development. Although she is unable to cut down her weight as required by Dr. Now for the operation, she is approved for the surgery as she starts having sharp pains in her abdomen. The doctors think that she might have a fat blockage in her intestine and they give a go-ahead to the procedure.
Toward the end, Coliesa is able to lose 150 pounds and she is still on her journey of losing more weight. She tells: “I feel like I’m doing better than ever and I have high hopes I’m going to be where I need soon. And I can’t wait for that.”
You can watch a short clip of Coliesa’s story from episode 12 below:
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