A Detroit Lakes woman can't stop losing weightDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Detroit Lakes woman says she can't stop losing weight. Shanna Bowman has gone from 283 pounds to 88 pounds after the gastric bypass surgery she had ten years ago.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Detroit Lakes woman says she can't stop losing weight. Shanna Bowman has gone from 283 pounds to 88 pounds after the gastric bypass surgery she had ten years ago.
Shanna Bowman is sitting at the Shorewood Pub... chatting with friends and neighbors.
She wears a smile, but her slight, 88-pound frame shows something is wrong.
Shanna: "I keep losing weight, losing weight, losing weight, losing hair, losing teeth."
This was Shanna ten years ago. At 283 pounds, she was desperate for a weight-loss solution.
Shanna: "I had tried everything losing weight. I was on doctors' things, I was on Weight Watchers, I was on Jenny Craig..."
Shanna decided to go through with gastric bypass surgery. She reached 124 pounds, and stayed at that weight for years.
But something wasn't quite right.
Shanna: "My blood work always came back wrong. Something was goofy."
Finally, doctors at the U of M discovered that her stomach had healed in the shape of an hourglass.
They tried to fix it with a stint, but that fell into her intestine.
Removal attempts caused complications.
Shanna: "Every complication that could have gone wrong, did. Including things they had never foreseen before."
No longer able to digest food, she is on a feeding tube 24/7.
She can't work, can't drive... can't stop losing weight.
Shanna: "My doctors told me right now I have enough energy to keep my heart, my lungs, and my brain fuctioning. And that's it. I cut myself shaving three months ago and it still hasn't healed."
Shanna says doctors are at a loss.
But she holds out hope that a solution will come her way... so she can see her 14-year old daughter eventually graduate high school.
Shanna: "I thank God every day. I wake up every morning and say thank you. I've got another chance. Someday I'm going to go to sleep and not wake up. And that kind of scares me."
A benefit for Shanna is planned for January 12th, her birthday, at Shorewood Pub in Detroit Lakes.