A mum-of-two with size H breasts is crowdfunding for reduction surgery after getting the operation turned down on the NHS.
Kelly Michaud, 26, from Harrogate in Yorkshire, suffers from acute back pain and aches, and has already spent hundreds of pounds on extra-supportive bras.
After a visit with her GP, she lost around two stone and exercised regularly.
However, excess skin started to cause her pain – and her subsequent requests for surgery were denied.
Kelly told Yorkshire Live: “I feel like [the CCG] are waiting for people to be on the verge of a mental health breakdown before they do anything.
“Technically now I could get a credit card out and go to Poland, but where’s the protection with that?
“I’m having to go private because it’s the last thing I can do unless something changes.”
In Poland, flights, accommodation and surgery can be done for around £3,000.
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However, she ultimately concluded that the risks were too high – and is now hoping to raise around £6,000 for the op in England on GoFundMe.
Alongside experiencing the physical toll of size H breasts, Kelly has consistently had to put up with ignorant and unwanted comments.
She said: “When I was at school, I absolutely loved running and I was such a good runner, but all the lads used to sit up on the hill and watch and comment on my boobs afterwards. It made me feel so insecure and I just wanted to cover them up.
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“People think, oh, well you’ve got boobs, you should be happy with the size you’ve got – I’d really want to have that size.
“I’m thinking no, you really wouldn’t.”
Kelly has been really pleased by the public’s overwhelmingly positive response to her online fundraiser, which was launched just two days ago.
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She hopes the appeal will help raise awareness of the issues women with large breasts face, which often isn't spoken about out of fear and shame.
Many women have privately sent Kelly messages of support, and have confided about their own experiences with large breasts.
Kelly said: “At first I was very much like, right I want to do this for me. But now I actually want and hope this helps other people."
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She added: "I didn’t realise how many women suffer from this issue until I put the fundraiser up. I thought it was sort of quite a small thing, but since launching the fundraiser I’ve had friends I know saying they wish they could have the surgery too.
“You don’t realise how many women out there are going through this.”
The Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group has been approached for comment.
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