MEET CLAIRA HERMET.
In January 2015, Hermet made headlines when she spoke out about getting a preventative double mastectomy.
Hermet elected for the surgery having lost both her mother and older sister to breast cancer, and discovering that she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation.
Ahead of her surgery, the television presenter held a Goodbye Boobs party and bid farewell to her breasts.
Goodbye Boobs. We have had some great times and some fucking amazing times. I love you both very much and I will of course miss you. However it's time for a change, a fresh start with new boobs. Thanks for being great at keeping my hands warm, thanks for giving some lucky folk a pillow and thanks for that time you broke my fall when I was icing skating cause that could have been really serious! I will miss seeing you when I look in the mirror and when you poke through the bubbles in the bath but I know that you know why I'm doing this and that it really is the best thing. Thank you my friends for making me feel sexy, feminine and curvaceous. Thank you for allowing me to hide my shyness and fear so well behind you. I love you and I will miss you. Thanks for being part of my life now it's time to move forward to the next chapter. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #Boobs #BRCA #BreastSurgery #Love makeup by @bbonjourmakeup
One year later and Hermet is now travelling around the world solo having sold her belongings and moved out of her flat.
I have decided to sell my belongings, pack up all my stuff, move out of my flat, leave my family, friends and work behind to go traveling for 8 months ON MY OWN. I am literally quitting my life.
And she's off!!! Carrying my own body weight in bags!!! I'm sat at the airport about to embark on an adventure that had you told me a year ago I'd be doing I would have said you were MAD. Thanks to everyone who has supported me. YOU RULE. Life is one big adventure and I'm stepping mine up a notch or 2. I'm scared. I'm excited. More than that I'm following my heart, my intuition and I don't know if there is anything more important than that. New video link in the bio 'MY BAG IS BIGGER THAN ME' Love and light #Travel #BackPacker #TravelLight #Exploring #WorldTravel #Adventure #travelblogger #travelling #traveller
Hermet wrote on her blog that the surgery and the deaths of her mother and sister sparked a “a need, a want and a desire” to go travelling. That’s when My Life Your Hands was born.
You see, Hermet is not just travelling the world — she’s actually letting people on the internet decide what she does and where she goes.
In order to make my trip unique I’m asking for your help. Although the continents and some countries I’m visiting are already decided the rest is up to you. I want to know where, how and who to go visit. I want to know the things I should avoid and the things I CAN NOT miss. I’m relying on you to submit your ideas below. Out of the suggested options you will be able to vote on where, how or whom I should go visit next.
And so far it’s working out pretty well.
She’s been to Rio.
This whole trip nature has been amazing me with its vastness and beauty. Last night man amazed me with the Parade at the Sambadrome here in Rio. I was left speechless, I know imagine that!!! It was by far the most dazzling thing I have EVER seen. I'm still in amazement. I'm just so so grateful for this trip! It the best thing I have ever done. YOYO - you are only young once #Sambadrome #Brazil #RioCarnival #Rio2016 #WorldTravel #Traveling #Traveler #Travel #TravelVlog #TravelVlogger #BackPacker #backpacking
She’s attended a carnival in Trinidad.
Today I felt really alone. I didn't want to leave my hotel but I made myself. One of you amazing people suggested I went to St James, Trinidad to get Roti. I was hungry so I decided to go. It happen to be kids carnival. I had the most amazing time. My mood was lifted. I smiled, I chatted to people and I watched kids enjoy them self. Ohhhhhh and I ate roti. Being on your own 1000''s of miles from home is scary but sometimes you just have to 'do it' whatever it maybe. #Travel #TravelVlog #TravelVlogger #TravelTips #TravelBlog #WorldTravel #Wanderlust #vegan #VeganFood #Trinidad #trinidadandtobago #Carnival #KidsCarnival #BackPacker #backpacking
Hiked volcanoes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Today I hiked a volcano and then climbed down into the crater and then climb back out and then hiked back down. I thought I was fit but this Volcano proved me wrong lol. What an amazing experience. Video coming soon! #BambooAdventures #stvincentandthegrenadines #stvincent #BackPacker #Backpacking #Travel #Traveler #Traveling #WorldTravel #TravelVlog #TravelVlogger #TravelBlog #TravelBlogger
And, of course, freed the nipple on top of a Brazilian mountain.
Today on top of a mountain in the Chapada Diamantina national park we #FreeTheNipple for so many reason but ultimately because it felt good and it's freedom as a woman we are not afforded. These 3 amazing ladies all here for different reason arrived in my life for me to share these magical experiences with them and for this I am truly and utterly grateful. WE STILL NEED A CREW NAME!!!! #Travel #Wanderlust #NationalPark #Worldtravel #Brazil #BackPacker #backpacking #Traveling #TravelVlog #TravelVlogger #Friends
You could say she’s living the dream.
She’s described the whole thing as a “rollercoaster of laughter, tears, excitement, fear, friendship and love,” and she’s still got six months left to go.
Up next for her is Argentina.
We aren’t jealous at all.
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