Every pound seemed to go too far.
Hector Hernandez said he has always been "the guy", so he did not notice a problem until now, until his arms and legs were smaller, while he was in the stomach.
He was 47 years old at the 47-year-old Downey in California, said he was struggling with heartburn and constipation, and warned that breathing was sometimes difficult.
At 300 pounds, he said, the strangers began to look at them, and their friends cracking on "belly stomach" were cracking, though they seldom drank.
When he first talked to the doctor, he said that the doctor had thrown it into the trash, saying that people had no greater weight than anyone else.
"I thought I was fat," Hernandez said in a telephone interview with Washington Post on Tuesday.
Hernandez said he felt the stomach "hard" and "hard", so he got a second opinion.
In the end, he said, he diagnosed retroperitoneal liposukosoma, a rare but cancerous tumor that occurs in stem cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Doctors do not know when the tumor began to grow.
But he weighed 77 pounds, according to the surgeon.
Hernandez did not know how tumors or removal surgery needed.
Initially, he said, he was "shocked" and "confused", but at the same time he knew what was wrong.
"I made support and prayers with family and friends," he said. "I have finally left in the hands of God."
Surgeons Hernandez, William Tseng, an oncologist and assistant professor at Keck Medical School, from California University of California, said liposuction can develop over the years and increase massive size, although they may spread or cause major problems. Tseng said he specializes in sarcoma, during his career, he eliminated tens of them, with an average of between 20 and 30 kilos.
"This is probably what they have removed," said The Post, talking about Hernandez tumors.
During prolonged surgery during the summer, Tseng removed the tumor and said that Hernandez had saved most of the blood and most of the organs, although it had to undergo a kidney that suffered damage. Tseng said bleeding is the biggest risk associated with surgery and patients are dying on the table, but Hernandez's case is not a problem.
The surgeon said that Hernandez does not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, but because liposuction often goes back, Hernandez must periodically monitor the situation.
"I was fortunate," Hernandez said.
Now, Hernandez has said that he is "completely different": more energy and many more pounds.