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Woman who had 180-pound cyst removed gets on with life

A woman who had a 180-pound ovarian cyst removed is now enjoying the simple pleasures of life, like sitting in a chair and riding in a car. The 40-year-old Jefferson County resident, who has not been identified, weighed 708 pounds before surgery May 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to remove the cyst and about 100 pounds of tissue that supported it.

She was able to go home Friday, in a subcompact car.

"She realized for the first time when she got into the car just how much weight she lost," her husband said. "She cried for 10 blocks."

The woman, who spent most of the past four years in bed, now weighs 336 pounds.

"I didn't go anywhere. When I did people stared and poked fun at me," the woman said. "I hated myself. Lots of times I thought to myself "If I would just die, my family would be better off.' "