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Published June 11, 2013, 08:27 PM

Shanna Bowman could not stop losing weight, but the future is looking up

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Tonight, we have a good update to a bleak story we brought you in December. Shanna Bowman of Detroit Lakes could not stop losing weight after suffering complications from gastric bypass surgery.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Tonight, we have a good update to a bleak story we brought you in December. Shanna Bowman of Detroit Lakes could not stop losing weight after suffering complications from gastric bypass surgery.

Her lowest weight was 81 pounds.

But now, the number on the scale is climbing back to a healthy weight.

The future is looking up for Shanna Bowman.

She is enjoying summer at home in Detroit Lakes and preparing to start culinary school in the fall.

It's a drastic change from six months ago, when she wasn't sure she'd even see June.

Shanna couldn't stop losing weight, after complications from gastric bypass surgery she had 11 years ago.

Doctors were at a loss.

Shanna Bowman- Could not stop losing weight: "I had about given up. I started getting a little bit of hope and I got lucky."

On April 15th, at just 81 pounds, she underwent a 6-hour surgery at Mayo.

Shanna: "The first thing he said to me was, I won't let you die."

Nearly two months later, she has gained 14 pounds.

Shanna: "I notice the difference in my hair, the difference in my skin, the difference in the way clothes fit."

Unable to digest food, Shanna relied on a feeding tube for more than a year.

Finally able to eat, one of the first things she made for herself was a hamburger.

Shanna: "Best burger I've ever had. It really was awful, but it was the best burger, it was like charcoal."

But even more important than food is family.

Shanna wondered if she would be around to see her 15-year-old daughter Natasha graduate high school.

Shanna: "We get to spend more time together. When we do come down she doesn't want to run off with her friends, she wants to be by mom's side and go shopping."

Her recovery still has a way to go.

First, to get her teeth fixed as they suffered under poor nutrition, and to reach at least 110 pounds.

Shanna: "I'm not out of the woods yet. But I have found a compass. So, I'm finding my way there."

Shanna says now that she is off the feeding tube, she was able to send the leftover "tube food" to a hospital destroyed by tornadoes in Oklahoma.

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