One woman flew to Turkey to have her stomach removed, but after a psychic prophesied she would die without drastic action before losing more than 16 and a half stone.
Rebecca Wilkinson, 30, began to pile on the pounds in her teens and watched her weight rocket after becoming pregnant with her child at age 18 — accumulating at about 10 stones in just under two years.
She often had two takeaways a day followed by snacks like chocolates, crisps, and sweets – washed down with liters of lukozhde.
At her greatest, Rebecca was tipping the scales at 28th 12lbs and struggling to squeeze in a size 28-30.
After years of dieting, the mother did not notice any change until a psychic trip ‘scared’ her into action.
She reveals that she has ‘no future’ if she continues with her unhealthy habits and tells her to ‘do whatever or die’.
The blast started her weight loss journey and she booked a flight to Antalya, Turkey in September 2020 to undergo a private gastric sleeve operation.
A year after the surgery to remove part of her stomach, she lost 16st 7lb – slimming down to 12st 5lb and getting 10-14 bigger.
Rebecca, an apprentice plasterer from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said: “I was desperate after years of trying and failing to lose weight.
“During my visit to my psychic, he stunned me into action.
“He said he saw ‘no life’ for me on the cards.
“He also said: ‘Do what you want to do – go to the extreme or you will die.’
“I knew I would have to take drastic action and that surgery was the only way out.
“I’ve lost weight after removing my stomach – it changed my life.”
Rebecca began to struggle with bullying during her teen years and turned to food for comfort.
She noticed that the weight began to gain, especially after she became pregnant with her first child, Libby, 12.
Mom often had takeaways for lunch and dinner – followed by snacks.
She said: “I went to a girls’ school, and I was bullied horribly.
“At school they nicknamed me ‘Rebecca Double-Decker’ because I was older than the other girls.
“I definitely ate to feel better.
“I start the day with four pieces of buttered toast, and if I was chubby in the morning, I would easily repeat it.
“For lunch I would get a takeaway and every night dinner was also a takeaway.”
As her weight got out of control, Rebecca struggled with her mental health and suffered from anxiety and depression.
She was expecting another child with her partner of 16 years, 34-year-old Matt, who owns a plastering company, but struggled to conceive for the next 12 years because of her weight.
At her greatest size, she weighed 28st 12lbs and struggled to fit into her size 28.
She said: “For years I tried to ignore the mess I was in.
“I will not leave the house without my mother or fiancé.
“I was selective on where I went in case I didn’t fit in the seat or the toilet cubicle.
“Even when the cars passed by, people used to abuse me.”
Rebecca tried and failed to diet for years and was left feeling ‘defeated’.
She was ready to ‘give up’ when the journey of a psychic changed everything in 2020.
According to Rebecca, he could not see a future for her in the cards and told her to ‘solve it now’ or she would die.
“I was skeptical of the psychic at first, but he knew things that no one else did,” she said.
“The way he knew how I would eat and ‘hibernate’ afterward.
“I quit reading in tears, but it was important that I did.
“He said: ‘I have no life left for you.’
“It was the wake up call that I needed to change.”
After reading, Rebecca sought private surgery for a gastric sleeve in the UK, but it would cost more than £12,000.
She found the operation abroad in Turkey costing a fraction of the price – £3,000 – and flew in September 2020 with her mother, 47-year-old Jane Nunn, who also had surgery.
The operation involved removing three quarters from the stomach and the remaining amount formed a ‘sleeve’ or tube that leads to the intestine.
After surgery, Rebecca moved back to the UK and survived on a diet of liquids, purees and soft foods for a month before being able to eat solid food again.
Rebecca continues: “My mom came with me and was such a great support.
“It all went well but it was a lot to adjust with my new diet.
“Now I can only eat a small amount every couple of hours – like a little protein like a Babybell or a salmon fillet.
“For dinner, I usually take a very small portion of what I cook for the family.
“I neither feel hungry nor lack food.”
In one year, Rebecca said the weight ‘falled off’ and she lost 16st 7lb, dropping to 12st 5lb.
She now wears a size 10-14 and said she has a new lease on life.
Her mother Jane always lost 13 stones after surgery.
Rebecca said: “The weight has dropped from me – it’s been amazing.
“Mom has also done an incredible job.
“We are looking forward to returning to Turkey for another surgery to remove the excess skin.
“I have quit my work from home job and now I am an apprentice plasterer.
“I love going for super long walks, going out and socializing in a way I never imagined possible.
“Most importantly, I am able to move around and stay pain free.
“Hopefully the weight loss will help with my fertility and having another child.
“It’s changed my life.”