To make matters worse, Dr. Procter informs Vannessa that she’s “nowhere near ready for surgery.” While fighting back tears, Vannessa confesses that she “gave up” on her diet, but is resolved to be healthier.

She shares her thoughts with her doctor: “I began realizing that my grandfather had died at 51.” My mother was 51 when she died. Already 42, I am now 43, so that leaves me with seven years.

However, Dr. Procter has one somber warning: “If this isn’t possible, we won’t be here very long.”