Sarah Smit is more than a survivor: she’s a thriver. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, Sarah’s laughter is easy and resounding, her resilience is palpable, and her can-do attitude towards embracing adventure is incredible. A past Playmate and international model, Sarah joins us for a candid, critical conversation about choosing to thrive, and living with everything you have. We talk about her incredible partnership, letting go of our perceived ‘control’ over life, learning to love your journey, and living for YOU first.
Sarah’s double lung transplant was one year ago, and we’re so incredibly inspired by just how much she’s thrived through. No matter what your journey is, there are parallels to draw from almost everything she says. As Sarah says, “there’s always so much that you can’t do, but there’s always something you can”.
Here’s to incredible humans who inspire us to be our own best selves.
A special note from Raquelle: I am SO SO excited to introduce you all to my cousin Sarah because not only is she the most resilient person I know but she radiates an energy that would be a shame not to share with you all.
Sarah has a gypsy heart and has lived, modelled and worked all over the world including in Europe, Africa and Australia, including working on a super yacht. She has been a playmate, gracing the pages of Playboy in both 2008 and 2013. Her health massively deteriorated in the last number of years due to Cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
Although this was a life-changing illness, Sarah still found the time and energy to work on initiatives such as being part of the team to launch an online CF community, doing interviews and documentaries to raise awareness of the disease and has been working on a book which has been chronicling the good the bad and the ugly for the last 10 years of her life. She is now one year post-op from a double lung surgery.
Sarah lives in the Netherlands with her fiancé Shane and their fur baby, Boomer.