Hello there! As promised, this post is all about my latest consultation, the best one of them all. This blog has largely followed my journey towards wellness as several distressing symptoms have come to the surface over this past year.
Generally speaking, I am in good health according to my blood work and every scan that I have had of my body. However, my body has felt anything BUT healthy this year.
Particularly from May until the present, my body has felt like it has been on a quick decline. I call it my silent misery or my silent nightmare because on the outside, I look like a healthy 30-something year old woman who smiles as often as I can! But, inside, my body is NOT smiling.
I have all the reasons in the world to be happy: I am married to a wonderful man, I have an angel of a son, and I am surrounded with abundance and generosity on a daily basis.
Don’t get me wrong, I am truly grateful for all of these things, but the way my body has been feeling has greatly clouded my outlook on life. I’m ready to start living vibrantly again!
Enter the consultation with the plastic surgeon to discuss my 14 year old breast implants. A few months ago, I discovered a site discussing Breast Implant Illness (BII). The symptoms (over 50 of them) completely aligned with everything I have been experiencing. EVERYTHING.
Several of the symptoms mimic Lyme disease and other autoimmune disorders, so I’m happy I had those conditions ruled out. Every appointment and every test result is like an arrow pointing me to my final destination.
The key is not giving up in the search for answers.
This consultation was a breath of fresh air. First, the surgeon’s assistant who took down my initial information and reviewed my chart asked what the reason for my visit was. I told her that my health has been declining with no answers as to why.
She immediately sighed and said, “Oh no, you too?” This wasn’t a judgmental “you too”, it was a compassionate one. She said that more and more, she’s hearing women with breast implants experiencing the same agony as I have been. A sense of comfort and relief flowed over me because FINALLY someone didn’t dismiss my symptoms.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Then, the doctor came in and looked over my list of symptoms. He confirmed that he thought my implants were the reason for all of my symptoms. Though he’s not sure why people’s bodies react this way to implants, he does believe in BII and has explanted many implants with great results.
As he stated, almost all of the women he has operated on felt 85-90% symptom improvement or disappearance once implants were out. Some even 100%! He believes that my body is now rejecting these foreign objects in my chest cavity and that they are causing inflammation all throughout my body. Inflammation….yep, I’ve got that, CHECK!
He listened patiently and compassionately to everything I had to say and to every question I had. What a refreshing experience! If only every doctor could have this manner, I thought. He validated every symptom I have been feeling and genuinely thought that explantation would be my best option in my healing journey.
I’m in great health otherwise, but these toxic bags inside of me have overstayed their welcome. He didn’t try to convince me to replace the implants with a new pair, he just encouraged me to remove these and the surrounding tissue to really ensure proper healing. It felt like he truly was a doctor concerned about my health for the first time in a looooong time.
Putting the Pieces Together
The more I have learned about Breast Implant Illness and connected with women who have been in the same boat as me, I am confident this is a big part of my puzzle. I’m hopeful it’s the ONLY puzzle piece and that once the implants are out, true and full healing will begin ultimately returning me to complete vitality.
I know the process is not a quick fix because more detox will take place in the months following surgery, but the peace of mind that comes from having these implants out is priceless. And I won’t truly know if the implants are the main cause for my symptoms, including those being treated with my supplements, until they are out for good.
So, I am in the process of scheduling my surgery for as soon as possible. Of course, I will keep you posted as details emerge and my journey continues to unfold.
In the meantime, if you know anyone with implants or someone who is considering them, please encourage them to read this post and to seek information about the dangers of implants. In future posts, I will be detailing my experience with implants from why I wanted them in the first place and how they have impacted my life both positively and negatively over the past 14 years. I don’t have any regrets, but I do have a newfound appreciation for my body.
Folks, love yourself the way you were made. I’m not opposed to plastic surgery and I do believe everyone has the right to choose what they want to do to their body, but one thing I do wish I had 14 years ago was the wisdom I have today.