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Emma's Journey

Life is too short. It's too short to be hating on yourself.

I'm Emma. I'm 24. I'm getting married next year. I have a really great partner, it's just all kind of great.

In high school, I was always the good friend or the funny one, and so I never looked at myself as an attractive person. Just because you want to change something about yourself doesn't mean that you're doing it for vanity. There might be something that makes you upset about yourself that you want to change, but for the better and to have a better life.

I started going to the gym, lost a bit of weight, and started feeling better about myself, it was almost like nothing was ever good enough. I "ummed" and "ahhed" about getting surgery as there is a stigma around it. I worried that if I was to have surgery, I would then be embarrassed. I needed to be fully comfortable and be able to say, "Oh, this is what I've done," and feel proud of it, not ashamed.

Since I've had it done, it is the best decision I've ever made. I've done something that makes me feel so good that no matter what size I'm at, I'm probably going to feel good about myself because I've changed the one thing that just brought me down all the time.

You might dislike something about yourself so much that you can't get past it and you can't be your full happy self because it's always going to block you. Life is too short. It's too short to be hating on yourself.