Charity Pierce began her journey on the third season of My 600-lb Life as one of the heaviest women in the world. She was in a dark place and revealed the depth of her despair, saying, “I would rather die than live this way” (via YouTube).
According to Heavy, Charity Pierce weighed nearly 800 pounds, suffered from flesh-eating bacteria, and could not perform daily tasks without the help of her family. While struggling to lose an unimaginable amount of weight, Charity Pierce was also concerned about his daughter Charly’s growing obesity problem. Meanwhile, Pierce’s mother passed away and her boyfriend cheated on her with his sister. In all, Charity’s journey was one of the most challenging we’ve seen on the show.
But, with the help of Dr. Nowzaradan and gastric bypass surgery, Charity Pierce eventually lost more than 400 pounds. Her transformation continued in a 2017 episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? with the removal of masses from her body and nearly 40 pounds of skin.
Distractify reported that Charity Pierce had developed a drinking problem and her relationship with her daughter, Charly, was borderline, but she still lost a total of 513 pounds. Charly, inspired by her mother’s accomplishments, was able to lose 95 pounds as well. Charity Pierce’s journey ranks in the top ten most successful weight loss stories on My 600-lb Life, according to Starcasm. A lot has happened in Pierce’s life since we last saw her, though, and it seems like the setbacks keep coming.
My 600-lb Life: Where Is Charity Pierce, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now
Charity is no stranger to struggle and has proven through her immense weight loss that she is capable of overcoming life’s difficulties. In 2018, her newfound confidence even inspired an edgy tattoo on her forearm that reads, “I’m not the girl next door, I’m not the girl next door, I’m the b**** down the street” (via Starcasm). But, it seems that resilience has been tested once again.
According to an update on Charity Pierce’s Facebook page from March 2020, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her post read, “I found out over Christmas that I have kidney cancer. It devastated me because my mom died of brain cancer. The next step was to remove my kidney as soon as possible before it had a chance to spread to other organs in my body. So on March 2, my kidney was removed. And now I am recovering at home trying to heal. I just hope the future holds something good.”
We have yet to see if anything good has really come Charity Pierce’s way since then. In September 2020, her daughter Charley made a post that said, “My mom’s away to better herself. She’s had some struggles but is doing great now.” It looks like Charity Pierce is still working on a few things. If history is any indication, though, we have a feeling she will persevere.