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From Bells Palsy to Belle of the Ball...

A little about me, well here goes . . .

I am a 34 year old woman from Coventry in the West Midlands, I am 5ft4, overweight and not the most girly person in the world but I am also a Miss Voluptuous UK Pageant Finalist.

I'm not the most confident person and can come across as a bit stand-offish, after years of being bullied because of my weight and then to top it off at aged 22 I woke up with half my face drooping, slurring my speech and unable to close my eye on the right side. I thought I'd had a stroke in my sleep. Turns out I had Bells Palsy, which is when the 7th cranial nerve gets damaged. It has gotten better over time but will never be the same and this as well as my weight makes me VERY self conscious and very anxious. I have 3 sons who I love with all my heart, they make me laugh on a daily basis. They are my inspiration, the reason I do most things.

I am married to Chris who is my rock; we met at work in 2008 when I started working on customer service at the same company. We have been together since 2010 and have been married since 2012. Since becoming a mum for the first time at the age of 19, a lot has changed, some for the better and others for the worse but it has all (sickness, poop - so much poop, tears, tantrums, toys, stress, anxiety) shaped who I am today and the kind of Mum and woman I have become. I have learned things since having my sons I had never even heard of like Talipes (clubbed foot), or Group B Strep, and there’s a difference between and intolerance and an allergy...and Colic is the work of the devil.

This is the reason I chose the platforms I have for Miss V; to raise awareness of Group B Strep and the devastating effect it can have on babies and families alike. I almost lost my second son to sepsis from Group B Strep, and it was the most horrendous thing I have even been through, seeing my tiny baby so poorly, on deaths door all for the sake of something that is common in your body but very few are aware of.

I also chose steps charity (who I officially volunteer for) to support and raise awareness as my youngest son was born with Talipes. Steps Charity help children born with lower limb disabilities and deformities.

So that's me, Plus size Pageant princess with a wonky face on a mission to educate and raise awareness and hopefully inspire other women who aren't confident to see if I can do it, anyone can!

Miss Voluptuous UK Finalist 2018

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