Mama June Admits Being Skinny Didn’t Solve Her Problems as She Faces a New Health Scare: “I’m Actually Fighting For My Vision”


Countless fans cheered for television personality Mama June Shannon last year when she revealed that she had lost nearly 300 pounds thanks to a change in diet and exercise. And while the much-loved reality star has gained some of those pounds back in recent weeks, she says she has a mighty good reason.

She’s in the fight for her life…to see.

“I’ve had so many surgeries in the last six months that I’ve had to lay down,” she said during a recent interview, revealing that she has now gone completely blind in her right eye due to childhood cataracts that were never treated. “I haven’t been able to go to the gym and I do eat my junk food and I do eat my comfort food but am I wrong with that? Yes. Am I sorry? No, because I’m actually fighting for my vision and that’s number one right now.”

In fact, the “From Not to Hot” star has had four surgeries to repair the vision that she has left in her left eye. But make no mistake, Shannon refuses to gain all the weight she lost back.

“Gaining 25 pounds to me is nothing,” she said. “I want to lose 15 pounds. I don’t ever want to go back to 450 pounds but honestly, at 165 (pounds,) I thought I was too skinny. I felt like I was losing weight too fast.”

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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