Over the years, "Mama June" Shannon has been no stranger to the spotlight. From her dating life to her relationship with her four daughters and her battle with addiction, there are no holds barred when it comes to June's personal life.
In May of 2023, Mama June: Family Crisis premiered and gave fans an update on what the WE tv reality star has been up to. The first episode saw Mama June hospitalized and fans are wondering what happened. June shared the status of her health in an exclusive interview with Distractify. Here's what she said.
What happened to Mama June? The WE tv star was hospitalized.
In the past, Mama June has been candid about her health troubles. Unfortunately, they haven't improved. With her increasingly painful headaches and loss of vision, she's hopeful that she'll get the answers that she's looking for soon.
"I'm actually just trying to find the right doctors to be able to take care of the issues even though the scans are all coming back clear," June told Distractify exclusively. "You know, I'm just trying to find the right doctor to be able to kind of actually listen and give me the right treatment that I need."
But what is Mama June's illness? Read on for details on her condition!
What's Mama June's illness?
In a 2021 episode of Mama June: Road to Redemption, Mama June disclosed her suspicions that she may have a potentially fatal health problem with her sister, Doe Doe. "A month ago when I went and got my chin done, the doctor said he thought I had lipedema," she said.
Mama June explained if she doesn't get it taken care of, she might not have much longer to live. “They told me that I’ve actually got stage 3 lipedema and if I don’t get it taken care of I’ll be dead in six months," she said.
At the time, Mama June said one arm was six inches larger than the other and her left leg was 13 inches larger than her right leg, which was a glaring symptom of lipedema. Later, June further explained her condition on Twitter.
“And yes it’s crazy in [September] last year, I was diagnosed with lymphedema and lipidemia. A lot of women that [are] obese have this. It happens in every 9 women out of 10 so if [you are] having issues, women get checked," June tweeted. But what is lipedema?
What is lipedema?
Lipedema is a condition in which fat is unevenly distributed under your skin. It's sometimes overlooked because it generally occurs in people who are overweight, but it is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of. Symptoms include: fat deposits in legs, thighs, and buttocks, pain in legs, swelling that won't go away, and easy bruising. Lipedema often starts around a woman's first period, pregnancy, or later in life when there's a change in hormone levels.
It's unclear if Mama June's hospitalization had anything to do with her lipedema, but we're hoping she gets the answers she's looking for soon!
Watch Mama June: Family Crisis every Friday at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.