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January 31, 2018

Well this past week involved a flare up. What is a flare up? A flare up is a periodic time frame in which some of the breast implant illness related symptoms you have that subside return and remind you what life was like before you explanted. It's temporary. The flare ups end. It's part of the healing process and should be expected for months and years to come, the good thing is that they become less frequent and less severe as your body heals. I personally have found them to be way less severe then the best days I had before I explanted, so I don't sweat it. They are just part of the journey back to health and my body doing what it has to in order to repair. My flare ups seems to consistently occur when I do too much (so if I do get tired I need to actually take it easy and rest), I deviate from my...

January 23, 2018

So I'm changing up how I write these and not doing daily entries. This is because my symptoms are occurring so much less already that there isn't much to blog on each day. I still have symptoms that are not gone yet, but improving so I'm going to list the ones that occurred during the week as a general format instead of daily because sometimes I don't notice a lot during the day!

So first things first this past week I was on a full round of antibiotics because of the flu/bronchitis I had. After 8 days it had 0 improvement so I went into the ER and they put me on antibiotics. It was bad and getting more in my chest and the concern was pneumonia because it was heading that way. This year is particularly bad too! So I agreed. It was tough to distinguish flu symptoms from breast implant illness ones.

So fi...

January 18, 2018

When I first came across the term breast implant illness back in March of 2017 and began to read about the onslaught of symptoms associated with breast implants, I was in awe and shock. At first, I felt relieved that I’d found the answer, my symptoms matched them perfectly. In the very same moment, I also felt devastated that I would need to remove my “breasts.” The silicone bags I had developed an unnatural attachment to, of which I falsely believed defined me as a feminine figure and woman. They had been my security blanket, something I had become accustomed to hiding my own body insecurities behind for years. I felt lost. Worried. Devastated and terrified. It may not sound rational but it was my reality and I clung to those breast implants for “dear life.” I fretted over how deformed and mutilated...

January 16, 2018

Well I didn't log my symptoms this week because I have been battling a nasty flu bug that turned into bronchitis. By day 8 it had not improved at all so I went into the ER and they set me up with antibiotics. While I am not normally a fan of antibiotics, I knew something wasn't quite right after 8 days with no sign of improvement. The doctor on staff felt it had a lot to do with my body recovering from surgery and just being over extended and not able to fight the bug.

The neat part about my visit is that the doctor asked me why I had my breast implants removed and so I shared my breast implant illness story with him. He was actually happy to hear about it and let me know this is not the first time he has had a patient that felt that their implants were making them sick. I shared how much better I loo...

January 9, 2018

Jan 1 - a bit swollen in face this am and congested but it disappeared quickly after waking. Eyes watering a bit on and off throughout the day, but not tears. Throat felt a bit phlegmy after dinner and harder to swallow, but otherwise good most of the day. Had a bout of nausea after dinner for about 30 minutes and then it was gone. Felt energetic. Wasn’t tired despite two late nights in a row and lots of activity. Hair seems to be growing back in. Skin is looking better. Overall I fell better and most of my symptoms have improved except for a few.... that’s amazing! Felt pretty darned great today. I can think clearer, I’m not forgetting all the tIme, I feel sharper, quicker witted, and able to problem solve again. Hands were a bit stiff at day’s end but everything else felt great! Sat on the floor kn...

January 1, 2018

Dec 25 - had a 4 hour nap. runny eyes, runny nose. Minor congestion in sinuses. Reduced facial inflammation. Easier time swallowing (noticeable). Sat on ground and wasn’t stiff and achy trying to get up or walk around. Get tired easily but I’m not fatigued with this blanket of endless fatigue. Itchy ears. Felt pretty energetic and had my bubbly happy personality back for the first time in a while! I really enjoyed watching my kids unwrap presents and then playing with them . I haven't had energy to do much more them keep them fed and safe lately; there hasn't been any playing but I had energy today and I SO enjoyed being able to participate with them and be PRESENT again. I missed that. 

Dec 26 - Today I was a bit more swollen again in my face but NOTHING compared to before. However I did intake a bit...

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