"I couldn’t even go shopping with my friends because no fashionable clothes would fit me. I had to buy much larger sizes than I needed just to fit my chest and get bras specially made, which at £50 each weren’t cheap – but what was worse, were the back problems I was facing.
When I was 16 I went to my doctor to ask about a breast reduction on the NHS but was told I had to be 18. When I returned, my doctor thought I would be eligible and so referred me to a surgeon who carried out tests and X-rays to determine whether my breasts were affecting my back.
After waiting three years, I was told that I wasn’t eligible after all, even though I do have back degeneration. You can’t imagine the heartache and distress I experienced. I didn’t know where to turn to next. I’m a student so couldn’t afford to pay for it myself and my parents didn’t have the money either.
In the end, my dad managed to secure a loan to pay for my breast reduction with Transform. He just wanted me to have a normal, pain-free life. I had wanted the surgery for so long that I couldn’t wait any longer, so I decided to go ahead with it. From my first appointment I felt so much more positive, like there was light at the end of the tunnel and my patient advisor gave me hope that my life could be different.
Now I’m so much more confident and don’t feel held back anymore. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and the surgery has really changed my outlook on life. And funnily enough, people now look me in the eye when they’re speaking to me! It makes a nice change. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and the surgery has really changed my outlook on life."