Lawyer who lost almost 200 pounds, ” she says now, ‘haunted’ by loose skin: ‘It looks like the body of Frankenstein’s monster

Despite her incredible weight loss, Joanna Pearson is plagued by the aftermath of its success.
(Joanna Pearson/Suitable News)

A lawyer who lost almost 200 pounds is desperate to a to remove her excess skin after the left with the “body of Frankenstein’s monster”.

Joanna Pearson, from Tempe, Arizona, tipped the scales at nearly 420 pounds at her heaviest. Eating three fast food meals per day, washed down with soda, her weight quickly spiral out of hand.

The 37-year-old said she was subjected to embarrassing situations, having to ask cabin crews of aircraft for the seat belt extenders. The shame and embarrassment she felt was what encouraged Pearson to go on a diet and lose weight for the sake of her health. She ditched soda, and instead of ordering takeaways, learned how to cook healthier versions of her favorite meals.


Within three years she lost half her body weight, and is now proud of her figure drop to a size 12.

But despite her incredible weight loss, Pearson is plagued by the aftermath of its success. She said that she was haunted by a surplus of skin, stretch marks and scars that have made her feel “grotesque” — comparing himself to the monster of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein.”

“Physically I feel like an athlete, but I am battling body dysphoria and body image issues every day,” Pearson said. “When I look at myself in the mirror, I feel like it looks like the body of a monster — strong muscles hidden by all this excess skin. “It looks like a body joined with a lot of parts,” she added.

“If I turn to the side, I see the outlines of a beautiful female body, hidden under the appearance of stretch marks and scars from where my skin and the weight loss.”

Pearson said her arms, legs and abdomen are problem areas now. They said that they spoken with several surgeons to discuss removing the excess skin, but is expensive and is not covered by the insurance, because it is considered a cosmetic surgery.

“Physically I feel like an athlete, but I am battling body dysphoria and body image issues every day,” Pearson said.
(Joanna Pearson/Suitable News)

Growing up, Pearson said that they never learned about nutrition and had to start from scratch. But after being rejected on a flight when she had to ask for a seatbelt extender, she decided that enough is enough.

In her first week after the emergency landing on the water, soft drinks and swapping them for water, they lost almost seven pounds, spurring her on. She then started with the purchase of lean meat and learnt to recreate her favorite fast-food meals.

Too embarrassed to go to the gym at first, she began to walk up to 40 minutes each evening before that she felt comfortable exercising in public.


She lost 75 pounds in nine months, but after plateauing, she realized it would take more determination and a total of three years — to reach her goal of losing half her body weight.

“When I have a seat belt on the flight, I remember trying to hide and is very shy,” she said. “It was a terrible moment, if I could have gotten off that plane and gone home, I would have. I felt terrible about myself and didn’t even feel worthy to be on a plane, at that moment I realized that I could not be of the size, I was not.”

Pearson, from Tempe, Arizona, tipped the scales at nearly 420 pounds at her heaviest.
(Joanna Pearson/Suitable News)

Pearson is now fundraising to pay for the skin removal surgery, which she believes will help her, her body and mental transformation, allowing her to finally live a happier life. She said that she needs help after spending much of her own money and time to the care of her father, who suffer from end-stage renal disease severe diabetes.

And since they have no skin problems otherwise— such as sores, rashes, etc. — her insurance consider the cosmetic surgery and non medical, which means that she has to find the funds for herself.

One day she hopes to be free of her loose skin so she can finally close the door on the way in which they used to look, and in turn, how that past was, and still to this day, makes her feel.

“The operation would finally end this last chapter in my weight loss journey. I’ve been waiting for the final curtain to fall for years, but it has not happened,” Pearson said.

“I feel discouraged when I worked so hard and have come so far to the punctuation marks of my old life still a weight off of me. It is a constant reminder of what I have had to battle and brings on horrific memories.

“I haven’t been able to think back about the goals I have achieved and the way my body has changed, because I will always be haunted by loose skin.”


This article originally appeared in The Sun. Click here to read more from The Sun.

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