I’m Rachel and I’m 31. I have a little boy who’s five, going on 25. I laugh every day because of him and I smile every day because of him. He makes me go from strength to strength every day.
I think we all grow up in a society where beauty is about looks and fashion, and you do feel good when you feel beautiful. But I think a massive beauty in someone is their heart and their soul, and the personality behind them is everything. Something I’ve struggled with for a long time is to see my own beauty in myself. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life and it got to a point where I was actually starving myself. I wasn’t healthy about it at all.
My mum is not just my mum, she’s my best friend. She had the gastric sleeve surgery about two and a half years before I had mine. Once I knew that the option was out there and seeing my mum go through it and have fantastic results, I decided that gastric surgery was what I wanted to do.
It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I love it. I don’t say this about myself a lot but I’m very proud of myself. Surgery was that finishing piece of the puzzle, and I am so, so happy that I’ve done it, because I just feel that I’m the best that I can be. I’m very, very happy with my results.