"I overcame cancer and I'm stronger than ever!"

Emily Fairall- Australia's Inspirational Story Healthie Winner 2016

Emily's weight loss story

Name: Emily Fairall
Weight loss: 24 kg
Was: 99 kg
Now: 75 kg
Height: 157 cm
Age: 27
How long it took: 2.5 years 
How she did it: Group Coaching in Dubbi, NWS, and online. 

Then & after

Emily then and now

"Cancer could have changed the way my story would end. Weight Watchers gave me the reigns to take control of my lifestyle."

I gained 15kg when I was pregnant

I signed up to WW after the birth of my daughter Mackenzie, having put on 15kg when I was pregnant. I did really well combining WW and exercise, but each time I felt I was on track I assumed I didn’t need any more help, which was far from the truth. I’d cancel my membership… then I’d sign up again.

A cyst turned out to be Hodgkins Lymphoma

In 2014, when Mackenzie was 1, I had an operation for what doctors thought was a cyst. It was growing quite quickly so they decided to take it out, which is when we discovered it was Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer.

I couldn’t keep up with my daughter

Mackenzie was just starting to walk and I couldn’t run around with her, which was really tough. I felt guilty that I couldn’t be the mother I wanted to be at that point in my life. After months of recovering from extensive open-chest surgery and chemotherapy, I was back at square one. I gained a lot of weight due to the steroids I was on and I wasn’t very active while I was sick.

A cancer diagnosis changes your perspective

The weight gain, plus the surgery scars, really decreased my self-esteem. I wanted to get my life back on track so I re-joined WW in my final week of chemo and I haven’t looked back. A cancer diagnosis can’t help but change your perspective – I was given the chance to remember what’s truly important in life.

"I re-joined WW in my final week of chemotherapy and I haven't looked back."

I’ve lost the weight I gained from chemo

My health couldn’t be better now. I’m in remission, I’ve lost all the weight I gained since starting chemo and I’m more active, too. Being able to fit into regular size clothes and having the confidence to exercise in public and go to the gym has impacted every aspect of my life.

I discovered I was pregnant again!

Losing weight has definitely improved my health. After five months of chemo I was told that the chance of conceiving again had decreased, but I’ve recently discovered that I’m pregnant! Winning The Healthies has given me more motivation to continue along this healthy path. Even though I’m pregnant, my doctors are happy for me to continue on the Program, which is a really nice incentive to keep healthy and active for me and my growing family.

I want to be a good role model to my family

WW has helped me gain more confidence and have more energy to live the kind of life I want. I want to be an outgoing mum who isn’t afraid to take a chance and I want to be a good role model for my daughter, as well as be the best wife I can be. I know now that one of the most important things I can do for my family is to look after myself.

 "I want to be an outgoing mum who's isn't afraid to take a chance."

Winning the Healthies

Our 2016 Healthies winners were treated to a week of pampering in Sydney! After hair makeovers and professional makeup, our winners were styled by Donny Gaella and gave their best poses for WW magazine.

If there’s one thing about entering awards, it’s that you never actually expect to win! Even so, when I saw information for The Healthies pop up in my inbox, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate my story – I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.

I was blown away when I found out that I’d won – my family was so happy for me, they said I should immediately go and buy a lottery ticket! Being able to experience all the photo shoots and dinners that came along with the awards was so much fun.

Having my hair and makeup done is not something I get to do often – and having photos to remember it by is really special. I loved that there was another winner who wasn’t yet at Goal – it’s wonderful to celebrate your journey at every stage. Each step you take along the way is so important.

Emily