A DREAM BODY THAT BECAME A NIGHTMARE
We all strive to be our best selves in all aspects of our lives. Enhancing our minds, bodies and spirits. However, when we entrust professionals to guide us, and they break that trust, that causes more harm than good it becomes a nightmare. Here is my story which unfortunately is becoming a growing population of people who are becoming victims. Like many women who want to enhance their appearance whether for their confidence or filed of work I decided to have breast augmentation in 1993. I went to a consultation with what I believed was the best of the best in surgeons at Mt. Sinai in NYC. I assumed that a one and done surgery would be all I needed and life would go on. That was not the case and that is where my journey begins.
Here is my journey!
Since 1993 I have had 4 surgeries to remove and replace breast implants. My original implants were silicone and immediately within months I had unexplained health issues so I was told “maybe your having a reaction to the silicone”. So, I removed the implants and replaces with saline at the direction of my same Dr’s. Throughout the years I never really fully felt myself but did not attribute it to my implants. In 2006 I ruptured a implant in a car accident bringing me back to one of the same surgeons who was now in private practice. He assured me that silicone was now considered safe and told me we would get fantastic results so I trusted and believed him as I did in the past. Afterall he knew me, had all my records and was a very good dr. Less than a year and I was severely ill again and we went back to saline. Felt somewhat better but ended up on disability. I have battled with my health ever since. In 2017 at the ten-year mark of my surgery my health took a nose dive and has gotten worse ever since. Whether its silicone or saline they expire (which you are not told), and the shell is silicone. I have since learned that if you do not remove the shell the problems will still remain. I was also told that switching out implants they do not take the shell and here is where my problem is. Ironically the dr has no operative reports but I do because my attorney kept the records. No shell (capsule) was removed.
In addition to debilitating pain, severe fatigue, Autoimmune disease, Hashimotos thyroid disease, pain in my implants that we thought was heart issues but it is not, joint pain, heart palpitations, insomnia, burning sensation in my breast, very weak, light headed, adrenal fatigue, limited range of motion, neck and back pain, overly tight pectoral muscles, thyroid goiters, inflammation tingling in hands and feet, restless legs cyst on both liver and kidneys and impaired kidney function.
What I am trying to avoid is and prevent is Anaplastic large cell lymphoma aka (BIA ALCL) a cancer of the immune system caused by implants. Removing the implants and shell and scar tissue is the only option!
Over the years I didn’t add up the symptoms as being caused by the implants until I actually educated myself about the things Dr,s never tell you when you get the implants. I was told many times over by my primaries and specialist that I was crazy. I was even told to seek mental help. That is until now. I entrusted my surgeon who knew or should have known by my history that silicone would do this to me. My symptoms have escalated to the point that I literally feel like im dying. I’m scared and have no one other than support groups online. My body has let me know enough is enough and they have to come out. Most days I feel like the longer I wait will I even make it through surgery? It has taken away my life and all that I enjoyed I can no longer do barely making it out of bed each day. I was always very active in shape loved to work out and travel and now I can even drive my car. I have never drunk, smoked or did any drugs so why am I so sick? We all know the only answer is my implants.
I am seeking financial assistance to remove these toxic bags of implants that is the basis of all my health issues known as the root cause! I am on disability and cannot work. For those who say I had a choice that is true however, If I knew back then what I know now I would never have done it. Although implant manufactures are finally admitting it “MAY” cause Cancer they are not paying for removal unless you already have cancer. How is this even possible. Women are even dying from not getting help. I chose to be proactive and not be a statistic by preventing this and removing to hopefully improve my health. Whether people believe it or not I believe it. Insurance is very reluctant to approve this still saying its cosmetic. There aren’t many surgeons that will even accept insurance and want to be paid up front. They don’t even want to help write an insurance letter. I do not have the resources as many do to pay for this. This is why I am reaching out to a world wide community of people looking for support. I am not looking for a handout but a handup to save myself. I want to be able to one day help others just like me. I appreciate any help and guidance I can get for my procedure and aftercare. My goal is to get my life and health back so I can be an advocate for others in my situation. Please feel free to pass my story on.
God bless you all