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The Heartbreaking Reason Mama June Gained 25 Pounds Back

Delish logo Delish 6/14/2018 Madison Flager

On the bright side, she's feeling more confident again.: The Tragic Reason Mama June Gained 25 Pounds Back © Getty Images The Tragic Reason Mama June Gained 25 Pounds Back Losing hundreds of pounds doesn't come easy: Mama June underwent a gastric sleeve procedure, overhauled her diet, and worked with a trainer to take off nearly 300 pounds between 2015 and 2016. In the years since, she's maintainedmost of her weight loss - until vision problems started to derail her efforts.

The reality star recently told PEOPLE that she is completely blind in her right eye due to childhood cataracts that were never treated. On top of that, her left eye is starting to fail her, too. To date, she's had four surgeries to try to salvage her eyesight, which she says is about a 4 out of 10 in her left eye.

"It's been physically and emotionally draining," she told the magazine. "Losing my independence and having to rely on other people for everything has been crazy."

a couple of people posing for the camera: The Tragic Reason Mama June Gained 25 Pounds Back © Getty Images The Tragic Reason Mama June Gained 25 Pounds Back

With so many surgeries to recover from, plus failing vision, regular exercise has been understandably difficult to maintain. There is an upside to her 25-pound weight gain, though: Mama June says she's feeling more like herself and even "confident" now that she's between 185 and 190 pounds. She told Page Six that she felt too small after her initial weight loss, and her main goal is to stay below 200 pounds. For now, though, her biggest concern is keeping her overall health and eyesight in check.

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