Mama June says she's gained 25 lbs because she's going blind

Mama June Shannon is putting her health first.

After her dramatic slim down last year, the From Hot to Not star stepped out this week appearing to have gained back some of the weight she lost. Shannon, 38, is opening up to People about her health struggles, revealing that she’s going blind and has gained 25 pounds.

“I can’t do anything and have to lay down most of the time and take care of my vision,” she tells the magazine. ”I have to worry about that right now. That’s my main concern.”

Shannon says she’s completely blind in her right eye as a result of childhood cataracts that weren’t properly treated. Her left eye was damaged by retinal detachment and she’s undergone four surgeries to try and salvage whatever vision she has left.

“It’s been physically and emotionally draining,” Shannon explains. “Losing my independence and having to rely on other people for everything has been crazy.”

Mama June Shannen in May 2017 / June 2018. (Photo: Getty Images)
Mama June Shannen in May 2017 / June 2018. (Photo: Getty Images)

The reality star has documented her dramatic weight loss journey on her WE tv show. Last summer, the former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star revealed she had lost about 300 pounds and was down to a size four.

“I’m just focused on getting my vision back,” Shannen tells People. “I can lose the weight, I know that. And I know I don’t want to go back over 200 lbs. I’m paying attention to it more.”

Currently, Shannon says the vision in her in her left eye is “a four out of ten,” something she’s content with. “Nothing is guaranteed,” she states. “Even if it stays as good as it is now, I’ll be happy.”

The second season of her docuseries premieres on Friday. In a clip for her show, Shannon acknowledged gaining “a few pounds,” but also says she’s motivated to get back in shape — and back in the pageant world. This season will show her and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Shannon working to get a crown.

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