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Emily's Journey

I'm Emily, I grew up on a small property in the middle of nowhere basically, I made a lot of mud pies and sold lemonade on the road to one passer-by every few hours.

You can just be more confident in yourself, you can walk out the door and be happy.

Emily

To see the beauty in life, that's happiness. To go outside and see the wind blowing in the trees and smile. Yeah, happiness is a big smile.

Before my surgery, I was still the same person that I am today, but a lot less keen to do things, to move on and explore new things.

I'd been thinking about it for many years and I just never thought that it would be available to me, but then I started doing my research. I talked to friends, I talked to family and I talked to doctors. I realised that it is something I can do and that it will actually help me in my life and that it's probably worth it.

My mum, she was very apprehensive about the whole experience, but now she can look back on it and be like "yeah, it was the right decision".

I think I've noticed the change more than anyone else has, mainly mentally. I'm myself but I'm this new level of myself which I didn't know existed.

You can just be more confident in yourself, you can walk out the door and be happy, walk past people on the street, smile, and just not think that they're looking at you for a certain reason anymore.