Charity Pierce is recovering from weight loss surgery and multiple skin removal surgeries

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated May 04, 2016 02:50 PM
Credit: TLC

After weighing close to 800 lbs., Charity Pierce is thrilled that she’s starting to regain her independence after weight loss surgery and multiple skin removal surgeries. But with her health on the upswing, her concern has shifted to her daughter Charly’s weight.

“I’m worried about her, because she’s a food addict like I am, and I’ve started noticing the weight gain since we moved here,” Charity, 40, says in this exclusive clip from Wednesday’s episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?.

“I know what it’s like to be too heavy to do anything and I don’t want her to get there. But whenever I say anything about her weight her feelings get hurt. I don’t like seeing her cry but I don’t want her to jeopardize her health either.”

Charly, though, is optimistic, and happy that she doesn’t have to be a caregiver for her mom anymore.

“I feel like my mom is trying to teach me better habits than what she taught me before,” Charly says. “Now that she’s not so dependent on me, I got a job, I’m in control of myself now. It’s her turn to take care of her and stop trying to focus so much on me.”

“My mom and I are doing a lot better now that she doesn’t need my help as much as she used to. It’s a huge change.”

And while Charity’s health has improved immensely, she still has complications from all of her skin removal surgeries, and has many more ahead of her.

“At almost 800 lbs., I was a prisoner in my own body. But losing weight has been a lot harder than I ever expected,” Charity says.

“Since I’ve lost so much weight, the excess skin on my stomach has been causing a lot of problems. I’ve been getting a lot of cellulitis infections. I’ve had to go back to the hospital a couple of times in the past month to be treated, and it’s frustrating because it’s really hard to keep making progress with these complications. And my body is still really misshapen.”

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Thankfully, her doctor just approved another round of skin surgeries, which will bring Charity closer to her goal of getting down to 200 lbs.

“I’m hoping that makes a big improvement. I just want to be able to look in the mirror, and see a normal person,” Charity says. “This is something I need to do.”

TLC s My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c.