The stunning Susan Hawkins.
Susan is mother to Lola (9) and Bennett (3) and a previous project participant. You can view her initial photo and story here.
Susan chose to return and update her photo and story due to several milestones in her life. She exclusively pumped breast milk for each of her children and after severe mastitis weaned Bennett just before his second birthday. As her nursing relationship ended she began to feel as if she was reclaiming her body and independence. She went from feeling as if she had been a vessel to nourish her babies to her own being once again.
Part of her journey in celebrating herself was joining a gym and finding strength in her body. She lost weight, grew stronger and has recently completed both a half-marathon and triathlon. Six months prior she couldn't run a mile without being winded and was able to finish her full race without stopping and beat her goal time by over 20 minutes.
Susan is at a stage of life where she, and her entire family, are happier and healthier than ever before and she's thrilled to be celebrating these moments.