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Anne's Journey

It doesn't change who you are. It lets you be who you are.

For years I had said that I wanted to change myself, I wanted to change my body. But I really struggled with it, ethically, in that feminist idea of just be a woman, be happy with what you've got.

I'm Anne, I'm 41. I'm married with four children. I'm actually just taking a break from being a social worker. Carrying a lot of other people's trauma can get really tiring. I burnt out, I suppose. I just had really busy days and there was always something next. And then I hit the last bit of my 39th year, and I went, "You know what? I just want to be that happier, joyful version that I used to be."

As a mother of three daughters, this whole conversation of not needing to change yourself, love yourself for who you are, and then (laughs), I go and take this big step.

And it turned out better than I thought. They actually said, "You know what, Mum? That's fine. You deserve it. You deserve a little bit of something nice for yourself." Because I was actually always a confident person, but it just makes you feel a little bit more comfortable in your skin.

It doesn't change who you are. It lets you be who you are.