Mary Clancey struggled for years to lose weight, but nothing she did worked. Weighing in at 350 pounds, Clancey finally got the answer to her weight loss woes when she learned that her extra weight wasn't fat at all—it was a 140-pound tumor.
The Saint Clair, PA, woman has dropped more than half her body weight now that the tumor has been surgically removed, but sometimes she still marvels at how quickly she lost the weight.
"I tried this, that, and whatever was on TV," Clancey told her local ABC affiliate. "I exercised and did all sorts of things, and I just kept getting rounder."
Clancey didn't see any red flags until she developed blood clots in her legs and went in for testing. There, she discovered the surprising culprit.
"I was so shocked when they told me. The first thing I thought was Sigourney Weaver with the Alien. I was so scared. I thought, what could this be then?"
Needless to say, Clancey's doctors were shocked, too. They estimated that the ovarian cyst they removed had been growing in Clancey's body for almost 16 years. Yikes, can you imagine carrying a baby for 16 years?!
Clancey had the excess skin removed and now that she's tumor-free, she weighs in at a hair under 150 pounds.
"For four days after that surgery, I can't describe it. It felt like something was empty. My body didn't feel right. I guess I was so used to carrying that weight that I felt totally different."
Clancey, 71, now has to figure out what to do with a house full of clothes that are too big for her.
"I gained 10 pounds since I'm home. Hopefully, I'll get curvy. I'll be one hot babe eventually."
She says she's also very much looking forward to showing off her svelte new figure in the garden this summer.
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h/t WNEP 16