How I got on TV… and why I was worried what the neighbours thought…

Last month Jeanette Leach found herself doing something she never ever imagined – she appeared on ITV’s Daybreak talking about her 32JJ boobs.

Daily Mirror story
Jeanette and Steve in the Daily Mirror
Jeanette and husband Steve were invited onto the show after her story appeared in the DAILY MIRROR through Featureworld. In that story she had told how she wanted a boob job but Steve did not. Here Jeanette tells why she decided to sell her story, what going on daytime TV was like and how she worried what others would think…

Why did you sell your story?

I decided to sell my story because I thought it might appeal to other women out there. I read a lot on the net about how women just like me struggle with large breasts.

What was your biggest worry?

I was very nervous to see how the story in the Daily Mirror would look and what feedback I would get. I am one of those people who worry what people think.
We had a photographer come to the house and take some pics before the article. I loved that – it was a great experience and we got a couple of lovely pics of myself, husband and my beautiful boys which I will keep forever. I was looking in the papers everyday for it as I was both nervous and excited. But I was wrong to worry. The article looked fab! It was a lot bigger than I thought but I felt like a celebrity for the day.

So how did you end up on the telly?

From selling our story we got to go on ITV’s Daybreak to talk about the issues in our article. The Producer saw the article in the Daily Mirror and contacted Alison to see if we would be interested in going on. Words cannot describe how nervous we both were but we enjoyed the run up to it. Steve and I got to stay in a lovely hotel in London, enjoyed a meal at the hotel and had a rare night away from the children. Sell story to ITV Daybreak Again, I was so worried what people would say with me on the telly but so far it’s been good. I’d never have thought in a million years we would end up on telly – but it’s something Steve and I will be talking about for years and I hope it raised awareness.
The staff at Daybreak were all very nice and helpful and made me feel at ease. It went so fast but after I’d done it I wanted to do it all again! My only worry was whether I got what I wanted to say across because I talk a lot when I’m nervous. But the feedback has been very good and being in the limelight for five mins was great fun. I got my make up done and had a quick chat with some famous people and after the show Steve and I enjoyed the day in London. I’d never been to London before so got to look at a few famous landmarks.

What’s happened since?

From the article in the Daily Mirror a consultant come forward and is offering to help with a breast reduction operation. I have appointment to see him so fingers crossed I get my ultimate dream – a breast reduction operation that would change my life. This experience has made me realise there’s no stopping me to reach my potential in life whether that is work, or being the best wife and mother.

Would you recommend selling your story … and going on TV?

I would definitely recommend selling your story as it was a great experience. Alison is lovely to talk to and if you are worried about anything you know she’s only a phone call away, Alison has been very supportive and just very lovely throughout our journey. It’s been a magical experience that makes a change from the norm… and we can only hope there might be more to come.

32JJ Jeanette LeachRead more on Jeanette’s story here: Jeanette’s journey

Have you appeared on TV? Why did you go on the telly and what was the experience like? Do let us know here: My TV experience.


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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website Featureworld.co.uk, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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