Penny, 46, from Elkton, Maryland
Penny is no ordinary wife or mother. She has spent the last four years living in her hospital bed. Growing up with an abusive father, Penny found that her body was a defense tool she could use to protect herself and her two sisters. Her weight continued to climb, and as a young adult, Penny weighed over 400 pounds and admitted to having a food addiction.
After marrying her husband, Edgar, Penny had four miscarriages before giving birth to her son, Liam. She has not walked for the majority of Liam's life. Shortly after Liam was born, Penny's weight forced her to become bedridden, making Edgar the primary caregiver for their son.
Penny experiences her son's life through technology. She gets to see him arrive at school for the first day through pictures sent on her iPhone. She cheers him on at karate matches through e-mailed videos, and Penny participates in family dinners through Skype as she eats in her hospital bed.
If Penny does not lose the weight, she will never regain the mobility and strength to walk. Ultimately, Penny must make a change or she will never take part in her child's life or have a marriage that lasts. This is her final chance to have a family and life worth living.