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My 600-lb Life exclusive: Brandon feels the heat of nasty stares and breaks down

Brandon breaks down on his way to Houston for My 600-lb Life
Brandon breaks down at the airport. Pic credit: TLC

On the next My 600-lb Life, the breakdown of one sensitive cast member heading to get help in Houston is caught on camera.

Brandon is a musician and he is headed to Houston with his girlfriend to see Dr. Younan Nowzaradan for help, but the hurdle of the airport is caught in this clip as Brandon dissolved into tears.

Brandon at the airport on My 600-lb Life

In the footage, Brandon shares his apprehensions and the tears flow as he feels the scorn and disdainful stares all around him.

This young man is well over 600 pounds and his large size and lymphedema that is distorting his frame and physique make his gate ungainly as his mere presence just stops traffic in the busy airport. People gawk at him and make remarks unasked for.

What is with people? The adage of “if you can’t say something nice say nothing at all” is lost in this coarse society now. And that leaves a huge mark on his psyche as Brandon explains in great detail just what he is experiencing.

This lymphedema that Brandon is experiencing is a chronic condition where a buildup of fluid happens, in his case it is the left leg.

For many years, the only interventions for lymphedema were decompressive massage, wrapping, and compression, but cutting edge surgical interventions are now available at The Program for Lymphedema Surgery.

Whether or not Brandon’s lymphedema can be reversed is in question as lymphedema can progress to irreversible.

At the top of the clip, Brandon says. “As I was walking by, a family… one of the children said ‘wow he’s fat super fat,’ also I’ve already had several adults and stare at me and that, you know, that wears on you.”

The toll of the negativity is now evident as he sits down and tells his companion just what he is feeling and he’s now regretting his decision to leave his house to go seek help down in Houston.

His companion sits next to Brandon and notices his distress. She says, “Sweetie, what is wrong? What thoughts are going through your mind right now?”

Fighting a flood of tears and baring his soul, Brandon adds, “I 100 percent regret this right now. I cannot believe it.”

“I’m just feeling really overwhelmed about everything… just the whole process is all. It’s very difficult and it’s so much easier to just stay at home and not have to worry about all eyes on me but even though that’s not how I want to live this is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”

The cold feet effect sets in for Brandon as his fight or flight instincts for survival are evident.

He says, “I’m starting to freak out and I want to go home because I don’t think I can do this. I have so much of this trip left to go and I shouldn’t have convinced myself that I was ready to do anything like this…because I’m not.”

Tune i to see how Brandon reacts to meeting Dr. Now and what his game plan is for weight loss, and if he even has the fortitude to go through with the entire process.

We hope so.


My 600-lb Life airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on TLC.

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