Diana Bunch’s Season 5 episode of My 600 Lb Life was one of the most physically harrowing in the show’s history. Diana, whose weight had made her a self-described “invalid,” had to travel the 1,900 miles from her home in Seattle to Dr. Now’s Houston-based offices while suffering from–among other ailments–severe lymphedema in her legs. The trip stretched Diana’s family to the breaking point–but there really was no other option for the 620-pound sexual abuse survivor, who nearly wept when describing every waking moment’s “stabbing, throbbing pain”:
“I don’t look like a body shape–it’s just a blob of fat,” Diana said, after struggling through one of her thrice-weekly showers. She then added, in one of the most heartbreaking comparisons ever ared on the show, “I don’t look human. I think I look like Jabba the Hutt.”
However, several months after the My 600 Lb Life Diana episode aired, the 55-year-old Texas transplant says she’s nothing but grateful for her time on the show, and for the successful gastric sleeve surgery that helped her lose 265 pounds and counting.
Here’s Diana speaking for herself in a recent Facebook post–with a before-and-after photo update that shows her looking as great as she sounds:
Diana also engaged in a little gratitude sharing with fans after the update, which, as they so often do, turned into a Q&A session. Among the more interesting tidbits Diana was able to share:
-The two photos in the diptych were taken roughly eight months apart. Considering Diana shared the image in early October, it would seem that the “after” image on the left was taken in early February, or right around the time the My 600 Lb Life Diana episode aired. If that’s true, the “after” photo on the right would seem to suggest an even greater weight loss!
-Speaking of even greater weight loss, Diana is indeed filming a follow-up episode for Where Are They Now. “I am filming this year,” she said, “so if it all works out, my follow-up will air sometime next Spring.”
-Diana’s knee remains problematic–but she gets around a lot more easily these days, and a knee replacement may be on the horizon. “My knee is just horrifyingly painful,” she explained, “so I am still using the walker and will be until I get a knee replacement, but I am definitely more mobile than I was at the start….Dr. Now wants me to lose quite a bit more weight before they do the knee replacement. I am fine with that. I want to be as healthy as possible when I go into that surgery.”
-Finally, Diana is considering a move back to Seattle. “I am still in Houston,” Diana said. “I hope to move back to Washington sometime next year, but no definitive plans right now.”
And, in a note not entirely related to the My 600 Lb Life Diana episode, it turns out that the family is about to get a little bit bigger! Two of Diana’s nephews are expecting children next year:
All in all, it sounds like things are going amazingly well for Diana–so congratulations to her on her continued success! You can stream the My 600 Lb Life Diana episode again here, courtesy of TLC. And keep your eyes peeled for her follow-up episode, which should air when the latest season of My 600 Lb Life: Where Are They Now? premieres in the spring of 2018.
(Photo credits: My 600 Lb Life Diana via Facebook)