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Turia Pitt: Why I chose to have more surgery

The inspirational burns survivor reveals all about her major operation

Inspirational burns survivor Turia Pitt has opened up about her decision to undergo more surgery.

Last week, Turia told her 789,000 followers on Instagram, that she was recovering from a nose reconstruction operation.

Turia – with her trademark humour – said ‘the gore factor is high’

‘Just a little shout out for my nose,’ Turia, who is mum to four-month-old Hakavai, wrote.

Turia Pitt: Why I chose to have a nose reconstruction
‘Just a little shout out for my nose,’ Turia, who is mum to four-month-old Hakavai, wrote alongside this picture (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

‘I’m currently recovering from a surgery where doctors reconstructed this bad boy. 

‘I won’t go into too much detail, because the gore factor is high, but basically the doctors took cartilage from my ear and used it to re-shape my nose. Amazing, huh?!’

Opening up about her decision in her weekly newsletter, Turia revealed the surgery was ‘pretty major’.

‘It all went well, and I’m stoked to report that I can breathe through my nostrils for the first time in 5 years!’ Turia wrote.

Turia Pitt: Why I chose to have a nose reconstruction
Turia said she can now breathe through her nostrils for the first time in five years (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

‘I didn’t *need* to have this surgery. I chose to have it. Why? Well, because I wanted to breathe through my nose again. But on a wider level, I believe life is all about continual improvement, and my body’s strength, health and function are things I want to keep improving.’

Turia went on to say you can’t improve ‘without doing the work’.

‘In this case, ‘doing the work’ means accepting that I’m going to be in a bit of pain, recognising that I’m not going to be able to do the things I enjoy for a while (running/surfing/being active), taking time off from work and other projects, and trusting the process,’ she wrote.

‘That last part is important. When it comes to surgery like this, I can never be 100% sure what the end result will be.

(In this case, I’m stoked that my ear doesn’t look “totally disfigured” as my doctor warned – he’s nothing if not blunt!).

Turia Pitt: Why I chose to have a nose reconstruction
Turia said you can’t improve without ‘doing the work’ (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

‘But isn’t that kind of the same with most things we try to improve? 

‘Not the disfigured ear, haha, the fact that we can never be 100% certain how things will turn out. That’s true whether you’re starting a new business, moving overseas, starting a weight loss regime or training for an Ironman.

But here’s what I do know: Putting in the work always pays off. Always.

‘You’ve just gotta do the work, and trust the process.

‘So, if you’ve been waiting for a sign or looking for a wake-up call, this is it,’ the mum concluded.

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