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December 28, 2017

Here are my implants and capsules (Natrelle - Allergan - Style 20 High Profile Smooth SILICONE) These are the things that were removed on Dec 18 by my surgeon. My implants look nearly perfect, though the visible bubble shouldn’t be in the one implant, which indicates something happened along the way for it to get there.

Many people ask what is that thing next to the implants? That my friends is the capsule, or your foreign body reaction. The body is very smart and intuitive and begins growing this tissue around your implants to wall it off from the rest of you. In cases with ruptures this tissue thickens and even calcifies (capsular contracture) in an attempt to keep the foreign material from spreading, though even the bodies own mechanisms cannot prevent rupture implant gel from migrating to other pa...

December 26, 2017

Yesterday I was officially 1 week post explant! My pain has been pretty good since day 3 after surgery, at which point I stopped taking any form of painkiller. As you may have read in my prior blog post, there have been some definite and noticeable positive physical and health improvements in the first week with regards to my symptoms, however I still have a long way to go with over 50 symptoms that have accumulated since 2013. That being said I want to be REAL and honest that when you explant things change but this healing and detox phase is very up and down. I also want to remind you is that, the last few months leading up to surgery, all I was going was downhill despite my efforts to be as healthy and physically active as possible. I was getting close to the point of being bed-ridden at 32 years o...

December 24, 2017

This is the first week post explant (surgery was Dec 18, 2017). As always I am still journaling my symptoms as they occur throughout the day and my hope is that as time passes these journals will have very little to share in the coming months and years ahead. I am well aware that I allowed my body to be poisoned by my implants and all their hazardous ingredients for 7 years and 3 months. I know that my healing and recovery phase will be a journey in itself and that this will not be an instant cure. While I have seen some immediate improvement in the first week, I have over 50 symptoms to resolve and I've been forewarned that recovery and healing can be a very up and down line... So I am expecting symptoms to return then go away and return and so forth. That's okay, for months none of these symptoms h...

December 21, 2017

The big lead up to surgery day finally arrived on Dec 18!  These were my final thoughts on the day that I posted to social media:

"Well it’s here! Surgery day has arrived!! Thanks for all the love and support everyone. It has been profound. I feel blessed. Here goes nothing. Final thoughts? I’m scared and nervous. In this moment I wish I had never gotten implants to begin with so I wouldn’t be faced with this surgery today. Leaving them in is not an option. I don’t regret my decisions because this journey has taught me a valuable life lesson, something I needed! But I am nervous for the needles and the surgical risks today regardless. Though to me the risks of leaving my implants in is far greater! I have great confidence in my surgeon and the medical staff at the hospital though. I know I have confid...

December 17, 2017

Simple answer is that 1000s of women have reported trying this to try and change and improve or reverse the symptoms of breast implant illness, but not only is it ineffective, we all seem to actually worsen over the time frame. (As self reported by the over 28,000 members of Healing Breast Implant Illness by Nicole). Here is my current state just to provide some perspective.

Usually it's easy to improve diet, exercise, etc and see physical improvements and symptoms resolve so I want to share what my current program is and has been since about March 2017 when I really buckled down in hopes of seeing my breast implant illness related symptoms resolving and before I knew what I now do about breast implants. (FYI - physical fitness and health eating have always been part of my lifestyle but I really buckl...

December 17, 2017

Dec 10 - this morning my knees, shoulders, neck and collarbone area are really stiff and achy. I could hardly walk when I got out of bed! It's slowly improving since I've been up but it was a lot worse today. I have more inflammation in my face this morning, watery eyes, runny nose, really phlegmy feeling in my throat today, trouble clearing it and wanting to swallow a lot. Hands are tight and stiff as well, like it's hard to move them and close my hands into fists.

I keep forgetting the fridge door open. It's not me not closing it properly. I literally get something and walk away and then the little "bell is open alarm" goes off. Yesterday was bad, I think I did it a dozen times throughout the day. I thought I closed it each time, but apparently not.I feel like I am going in circles. I go to do somet...

December 12, 2017

How do I know this is Breast Implant Illness?

The short answer is. I don’t. I have a hunch though, my intuition, and a deep gut feeling. If there is anything my (short) life experience working with horses, clients and just life has taught me so far, is ALWAYS go with your gut. Don’t get me wrong this has not been a whim of a decision. I’ve spent the past 9 months pouring over literature from the leading regulatory bodies and medical research institutions in North America. I did not come to this conclusion purely on “faith” it came with a lot of information from the manufacturers, FDA, Health Canada and other researchers. I deliberately stuck with those sources because I know we don’t have all the data from anecdotal stories, however, when you put the two together you realize this has to be more than a...

December 10, 2017

Diary log of all the symptoms I've experienced as they are occurring pertaining to breast implant illness.

December 8, 2017

I had to share this incredible short video made by Cody App with @GravityLift

This WAS me turning to plastic surgery to heal when in fact it does nothing but the opposite. In 10 days I will transition into the next chapter and a "rebirth" of my true soul self.

"This is a piece of my heart, so beautifully crafted by Cody App. ❤️ Link to the full video is in our bio! Please take 5 minutes to watch my journey with self esteem, surgeries, and through it all- yoga. Please express your feels in the comments & share this story with others that have ever felt “less than." @GravityLift

Please enjoy. Click Here for the video. 

December 8, 2017

Well I woke up this morning and was enjoying my coffee while reading some news and all of the sudden felt very hot, like hot water was pouring down my face to my feet. My body started tingling and I felt flushed and then really really itchy. I went to the bathroom and THIS is what I saw. I've had a few small little rashes in discrete places here and there but NEVER a big body rash like this that appeared out of nowhere. The pictures don't even do this justice my face was bright red like I had a wicked sunburn, as were all the other spots. Nothing is different this morning then any other day. 

Just another symptom to add to the rapidly growing list of symptoms this fall. 

#10daystoexplant #breastimplantillness

Wanted to share because this is also a typical symptom found in women with breast implant...

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