Losing a few pounds can be frustratingly difficult, and Mary Clancey of Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, had been feeling that struggle for most of her adult life. Despite her best efforts with diet and exercise, the 71-year-old was stuck at 350 pounds and couldn't seem to shed the pesky weight — that is, until she lost nearly 200 pounds in one day.
Unfortunately, Clancey has no diet secrets to divulge — a tumor the size of a person was actually to blame for her mysteriously expanding waistline, and its quick removal (plus extra skin) left her 180 pounds lighter.
Up until November 2016, Clancey was completely unaware that she had a tumor and assumed that she was just gaining weight with age, Philadelphia news station 6ABC Action News reports. After experiencing blood clotting in her legs, she visited the hospital, where an MRI revealed a large mass on her ovary.
Doctors guess that the tumor could have been growing for 16 years — and all of that time, Clancey thought she had just been putting on extra pounds.
Woman from Schuylkill Co, PA loses nearly 200 lbs. in 1 day. She was not dieting. She did not get lap band surgery. https://t.co/89cCjoqKrh pic.twitter.com/t6KoOF9PoI— Matt O'Donnell (@matt_odonnell) March 1, 2017
It took doctors around five hours to remove the 140-pound stage-one cancer tumor and 40 pounds of extra skin. The surgery whittled her weight down to 150 pounds.
"That thing rolled out, and I looked like an empty Easter egg," Clancey told local news station WFMZ-TV.
Although such rapid weight-loss might sound like a dream to some, it's been difficult for Clancey to adjust to halving her size so quickly.
"For four days after that surgery, I can't describe it. It felt like something was empty," Clancey told WNEP-TV, another local news station. "My body didn't feel right. I guess I was so used to carrying that weight that I felt totally different."
Although she's still adjusting to her new shape, Clancey is already looking forward to the benefits of being healthier and lighter, including increased mobility and the ability to garden. She's also excited to enjoy the occasional indulgence without worrying about an unexplainably expanding waistline.
"I gained 10 pounds since I got home," she said. "Hopefully, I'll get curvy. I'll be one hot babe eventually."
We think she already is!