Real Bodies: Naturally Nicola
Nicola Cafun is a 31 year old bomb shell from Maitland in the Cape. She proves time and time again that dynamite comes in small packages. Not only has she turned her health around in the past few years, but she has taken up running and has completed 4 marathons since January! I interviewed her on being body positive and a role model for women to live their best lives.
Please tell us a little about yourself?
I've recently set a goal to complete 1 half marathon and have successfully completed 4 half marathons in March/April 2018.
On 1 December 2007 I lost my grandmother to cancer. On 24 May 2013 I lost a childhood friend to cancer. I fucking hate cancer!
In 2014, 8 weeks after my daughter was born I had a blood clot DVT which they assumed was because of surgery, I have since been diagnosed with Factor V Leiden. 10-30% percent of people die within 1 month of being diagnosed according to the blood clot association. I'm still alive and fairly healthy with a blood type of B+
What does body positivity mean to you?
It means I will not wait till I am a certain size or shape or measurement to celebrate my life!
If you could tell your younger self (or your daughter) one thing in terms of self love and acceptance, what would it be?
Do not attach your self worth to anything and anyone, simply live and enjoy and be present because life is so fragile. My daughter is 4yrs old and she is a miniature version of me. She has no filter and she is full of attitude, I hope to continually encourage and support her in whatever she tackles.
I also want her to adopt my motto: "Love changes Everything"
What was the best body positive message ever given to you?
One of my friends, Marianda Geel, who I met online saying to me I am a "little packet of power and awesomeness".
Do you ever try to speak positively about the way you look?
Yes I always remind myself and others to clap for ourselves! Don’t wait for applause.
Do you have any words of encouragement for women or young girls who may deal with shaming of their body type? Or even something you, yourself may still need to be told?
Call them out on body shaming! I often find that people don't even realize they are doing it. We must create awareness. You are worthy. You are enough. No number on a scale or clothing or measuring tape can define you. And don't allow those things to impact the goals you have set for yourself.
To conclude, complete the following: I will love my body more positively by…
Consciously making more effort on self care & cultivating positive thoughts about my body.