When the Challenge began, she revealed to Dr. Phil that her father had mistreated her, leaving her fearful and ashamed. "That changed my life forever when [Dr. Phil] connected the dots for me as far as carrying the abuse from my childhood," she says. "The Weight Loss Challenge has truly changed my life."
The audience cheers as she shows off her new figure.
"What has been the hardest thing for you?" Dr. Phil asks.
With seven pounds to lose before reaching her goal weight, Monika will be the first Weight Loss Challenger to achieve her goal.
Recently, with Dr. Phil's blessing, Monika has been talking to the producers and doctors at "Extreme Makeover," and has been waiting to hear if she's been selected as a candidate. Dr. Jon Perlman, a leading plastic surgeon who works with that show, reveals that she has!
Dr. Perlman explains that Monika's surgeries will be divided into two separate procedures, during which she'll have a face lift, brow lift, upper and lower eyelid lift, neck lift, chin implant, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction for her love handles and knees.
"She's accomplished so much with Dr. Phil's diet. She's an inspiration to so many people, and I can't wait to see the outcome," says Dr. Perlman.
Asked why she so badly wants to get plastic surgery, Monika explains, "If I could look as beautiful as I feel on the inside for the first time in my life, then I'm truly going to be a beautiful person."