A little less serious


Name: Jessie Kotov

Age: 28

Where are you right now- tell us what you can see?

It’s 11:30pm. I’m sitting in my lounge room with my hubby watching YouTube!

What did you have for breakfast?

A coffee, eggs and avo.

What are you usually doing at 11pm?

Drinking tea and relaxing on the couch whilst scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’ve had a Liver Transplant and I’m a Cancer survivor.


A little more serious


Tell us a bit about your story? What defines you?

I think it’s my Copper Red hair.. Haha. I’m a fun creative energy, with an interest in just helping people even if they don’t ask for my advice – I can get a bit carried away. I think I get that from my nanna. I think I’ve gone through different stages of my life so far that define me in that moment in time, but right now I’m on a path that I’ve created for myself, which has been a struggle for ages since I had my organ transplant and cancer. I’ve always felt like ‘the patient.’ I didn’t feel like I had grown up like my peers did. I’ve done a few things reverse, which is great. You don’t always have to follow the crowd. I’ve also struggled with anxiety. A lot of the stemmed from my illnesses and missing out on a lot of things a normal healthy teenage girl would be doing. But, I’ve learnt to grow and develop. I’ve become a mum and I’ve seriously had to create a thick skin to stop any comparison and keep an open mind about how I want to raise my son. Being a mum doesn’t necessarily define me either. I’m a mixture of everything and anything in between. I try to stay positive and enjoy what’s happening for me in the moment.

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life?

Overcoming my illnesses and post traumatic stress and anxiety. It’s hard, but you learn and grow.

How did you overcome that challenge?

I used humour to get through my illnesses. Being light hearted and funny kept positivity high and my family closer.

What is the biggest lesson you have learnt?

No one is normal. Normality is so overrated.

What would you tell your 15year old self?

Don’t cut your long hair and you are an amazing, independent young woman. Life sucks, but you’ll get through it.

What is your biggest life tip?

“If it doesn’t matter in 5 mins, it won’t matter in 5 years.” Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?

Self values and undermining ourselves. Taking ourselves for granted, because we can do anything when we set our mind to it. I also think, comparing to others on social media and by society.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for women today?

That’s there’s more movement to hear what other women have to say, supporting one another and to be the voice for those who can’t reach out. We need to be leaders and role models for this generation and generations to come, so we can say we did that and made the world a better place.

Finish the sentence This Is me …Because I survived, I have a voice and I just want to be me.