When the TLC viewers were first introduced to Ashley Dunn Bratcher in 2016, she weighed £725 and could not perform basic tasks without the help of her young son. A gastric bypass procedure led to emergency gall bladder surgery, which only hindered the progression of the My 600-lb Life star.
“I finally gave in to winning again, and then had to get back on track,” she shared in a 2018 Where are they now? Special. Despite a few hiccups, Ashley managed to drop 350 pounds over a two-year period. But was she able to hold off the weight?
According to her Facebook page, the 31-year-old currently lives in Kemp, Texas, with her husband, Jacob Bratcher, and their 10-year-old son, Patrick Henry.
Ashley, who at the age of six began gaining an alarming amount of weight after being abandoned by her mother and sexually abused by her nanny’s husband, referred to her journey of weight loss as an emotional and physical roller coaster. “I’ve done pretty decent, but yes, I’ve had times when I’ve broken down,” she told People magazine in 2017.
“Who says weight loss surgery is the easy way out is crazy because this is really one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” she added. “This surgery is just a tool. It doesn’t change your mentality.”
The mother explained that she controls desire by taking a moment to judge how she really feels. “If it’s real hunger, then, you know, I’ll eat something,” she said. “But when I feel angry, happy, sad, I try to bring my thoughts back to something else. I’m going for a walk. I’ll play with my dogs. I might do a diary. It’s an educational experience.
The last time Ashley discussed her weight in public was on a follow-up episode of My 600-lb Life in July 2018. “I can do so much more than just sit around the house waiting to eat, and I can do so much on my own,” she revealed in an interview.
But losing almost half your size isn’t without major obstacles. Ashley then admitted that she was desperate to get rid of the excess skin around her midsection that was causing her pain. “My stomach just hangs in front of my thighs, and that keeps me from practicing properly,” she shared.
“I compare it a lot to having a ball and chain on my waist. Honestly, I’m still very self-conscious, more so than I used to be,” she confessed, “because before, I was just fat.”
My 600-lb Life: Ashley B. hit an exciting milestone in 2019.
Recent social media pictures indicate that Ashley maintained her weight loss, but she acknowledged: “I’m not where I should be,” in a Facebook post in November.
Still, Ashley had enough to be thankful for last year. In June, she and her husband Jacob celebrated a decade of marriage. “I just want to say Happy Anniversary baby. I love you so much,” she wrote next to pictures of the couple.
“We’ve been through so much in the last 10 years, it’s crazy, but I wouldn’t want to face it all next to someone else. Thank you for everything you do for our family. I love you, baby, and I hope to be together for many years to come.”