Last year I got one of those odd phonecalls, they are always the best ones, asking if I would like to have my body painted for BBC Radio Sheffield. And of course I said yes!
We decided on an Egyptian theme around the scarab beetle. The Scarab is also known as the Dung beetle so it seemed fitting but they also symbolized the restoration of life and we thought that was a nice touch after so much illness and surgeries for me.
Julia was great and gave me plenty of rest breaks and kept asking if I was ok, she put me completely at ease which wasn’t easy being half naked in a room full of people whilst having someone paint your boobs!
I waited till it was finished to see the final artwork and I was blown away. It was an odd feeling but I felt so empowered, I felt like a queen! I got quite emotional to see my body that I am so used to seeing scarred, sore and broken to be displayed as this beautiful, living, moving, celebration of who I am!
It was such a positive experience and I can’t thank Julia, Kat, Jen and Paulette enough for giving me such a wonderful feeling of power and celebration.