When I was 9 years old my mum died of breast cancer and my world fell apart. My big sister, my best friend, got breast cancer aged 25 and died 5 years ago aged 31. When she died I made a pact with myself to find a way to be happy. They may not have their lives but I have mine and I want to make it count for them and for myself.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer my sister tested positive for the hereditary BRCA1 gene mutation which gives the carrier an 85% life chance of getting breast cancer and 40% chance of getting ovarian cancer. After my sister diagnoses I too was offered the test. I tested positive.
On the 21st of January of this 2015 I had a preventive double mastectomy and reconstruction. My mindset was one of extreme gratitude and positivity.

My life has changed dramatically since the operation. I have done my best to turn what many may perceive as a negative into a positive. I have continued to share my experiences via the medium of video, radio, print and online. It has become less about BRCA and breast cancer and more about positive body image, self confidence, self love and self acceptance.

After spending 6 years pursuing a career as an entertainment presenter and working for the likes of BBC, BT Sport, GRM Daily, SBTV and many more I stopped feeling like what I had been striving and working so hard for made sense anymore. I start to be filled with an urge to travel. No matter how much sense told me to stay my heart to told me I must go. I travelled for 10 months in the Caribbean, South America, Central America and visited LA and Toronto. You can see videos of my travels here

Traveling helped me learn more about myself, my passions and how to live a happy, balanced and free life. Since returning to the UK I have found myself wondering what was next. I continue to blog, vlog and make series for my youtube channel all of which can be seen here

More than anything I hope to inspire and help other people live a life free of pain and struggle. A life that they can love, enjoy and feel excited about. I express this via my videos and writing. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to get in touch.

Claira Hermet
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