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Caieta's Journey

My name is Caieta, I am a single mum to a gorgeous eight-year-old, he keeps me so grounded. I work full-time, I started going back full-time just after all my surgeries and realise that life is for now.

My mum and dad they did some fostering of some kids so I have that empathy with others going through difficult times.

You can empathise with someone but you don't have to be in their shoes and to me love is showing that and being there for them.

Beauty to me is feeling good with myself. It's not about how you look it's about how you feel and if you feel good, then you look beautiful.

You know how they say, there's all these things. There's a breakup of relationship that is super stressful, moving is super stressful, health changes are super stressful. I can do it all at once.

I had broken up with my husband and about a year later I was moving house because I finally felt comfortable enough to get my life back on track. Call it women's intuition but, as soon as I found the lump I went “yep that's it.”

Beauty to me is feeling good with myself. It's not about how you look it's about how you feel and if you feel good, then you look beautiful.

It's hard. It was hard not knowing, it was hard wondering what was next but I kind of just had to take it. I'm doing this for my daughter I don't get to see her all the time. I physically can't look

after her at the moment.

I remember laying there and starting to get teary and all I kept thinking was I choose life.

I choose life...

If I was just walking down the street I couldn't be me. You don't go to the beach or the pool because you're always like “oh how am I gonna do this?”, “am I going to be comfortable?”. Even just a top with a v-neck, I was always conscious. For me, it wasn't going in and getting bigger, better or anything like that I just wanted to be me.

The whole team just put me at ease from the minute I stepped in, It was just so relaxing. There was no “you're so vain or you're doing this because of whatever…” they understood that I wasn't doing it for anyone else they understood that I was doing it for me. They were supportive of me. It was fantastic.

I've got friends who say to me “you're so strong, you're so brave, look at what you've done” and I just say “I had too”, I didn't have a choice it wasn't what I planned to do it's just what I had to do.

It was always on my mind who can see, am I always going to feel incomplete? Now I can walk out and forget that I've had this horrible thing. I can move on and I can just be me. Now, I feel great.