320lb Woman Who Lost 170lb Is Battling Cancer but Her Spirit Is Unbreakable

June 12, 2019 Updated: June 19, 2019

Are you addicted to Netflix? When your favorite drama finishes, do you have no idea what to do with yourself? And not only that—coupled with your Netflix affair is an addiction to junk food. Let’s face it, chocolate and chips go far better with Netflix than carrot sticks and celery. This young lady fell into the trap—she would come home from work and watch … you guessed it. Her weight spiraled out of control, and she weighed in at more than 320 pounds (approx. 145 kg).

That was in 2016, and Jessica Beniquez was not happy with her life, or the way she looked. “All I did was eat, go to work, and watch my shows,” she told the PEOPLE magazine.

She decided to do something about it. She had to break up with Netflix. “I was about to start a whole other series on Netflix, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ I didn’t want to sit in bed and do nothing. I felt so lazy. I didn’t even hang out with my friends,” she further added.

“Getting out of bed was hard. I felt miserable. I knew I needed to lose weight because I had high blood pressure, but it took me over a year to realize how dangerous that is—and to do something about it.”

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First, out went the fast food. “I was a very picky eater. I didn’t stick a vegetable in my mouth. I ate fast food every day, and would pretty much only eat chicken nuggets, pasta and fries,” said Jessica, who had suffered from excess weight her whole life.

“At the moment I [decided] to do it, I ordered Herbalife shakes that day. If I didn’t, I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am right now. I got the shakes and never looked back.”

“The day after I ordered the shakes I was walking. I walked a mile and a half to two miles a night.

“I was consuming about 1200–1500 calories per day,” she said. After several months of replacing one or two meals per day with shakes, she decided to quit the shakes and focus on eating healthy foods.

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School picture from 4th grade! Thank god for puberty and weight loss😆 #throwback #throwbackthursday #tbt

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Jessica then mostly ate high-protein and fiber foods and kept her sugar intake low. She began doing workouts, starting off by following YouTube videos from home. When she became more confident, she joined a gym.

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Throw back to my high school graduation day (2015) with my bff💕 (btw this was not in my journey) #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt

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Jessica was determined to make lifestyle changes, and it was a life-changing decision. Becoming more active and making changes to her eating habits were the keys that helped her unlock her amazing potential. Once the weight began to fall off, she became even more determined to stick with it.

She kept a record of her measurements and weight, which is a great way to keep focused on one’s weight loss journey.

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“I have dedicated my life to fitness and I have learned to love it when before I started this journey, I would dread just walking to the bus stop that was not even a 5 min walk.”

The determined Jessica lost 170 pounds (approx. 77 kg). In September 2018, she decided to go through a skin removal surgery as per Women’s Health Magazine. She said, “I had always wanted it, but I was scared and it was expensive. Still, the excess skin was bothering me, so it felt like it was time.”

Jessica removed 5.5 pounds (approx. 2.5 kilograms) of extra skin and then suffered from really bad pain, but all was fine after a week, and she was getting back to her normal life.

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However, it wasn’t as fine as she thought. She said, “During my recovery from my first skin removal surgery, I was diagnosed with cancer.”

Apparently, in the summer of 2018, Jessica had seen a lump growing on her armpit but brushed it off thinking it was due to a strain that she must have got while working out. When it didn’t go away, she realized it was a swollen lymph node. She just continued ignoring it thinking she was fighting a cold.

The concerned Jessica then showed it to her mother, who was worried, as her father had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma (which is a cancer of a part of the immune system called the lymph system). So she immediately set up an appointment with the doctor, and after multiple scans, she was diagnosed with stage 4 of Hodgkin lymphoma.

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“I am currently in stage 4, with the cancer in both of my armpits, my spleen, my bones, and my groin—all of this happened just two weeks after my skin removal surgery,” Jessica shared.

Though she is undergoing chemotherapy and her battle with cancer isn’t over yet, she continues to stay strong by going to the gym and running.

According to an Instagram post on June 11, Jessica’s hair has started to grow back, and she continues to stay motivated. Her advice to all those battling with cancer is “You can do anything you set your mind to, regardless of your situation.”

She concluded by stating, “I want to encourage women to be grateful for their health and not take it for granted—instead, to make it a priority.”

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