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January 28, 2019

13 months have come and gone since I explanted. All in all 48 of 60 symptoms are still gone, the other 12 are still improved from the severity they once were (before explant) though they continue to come and go. 

I am currently contemplating surgery 3 to have the left over pieces of capsule removed, more so to reduce future BIA-ALCL cancer risk then anything. My date is booked and deposit paid, but I'm still deciding because the risks of another major surgery really cannot be underestimated. 

But the great news is that life is good. I feel great more times then I don't. My not so great days are a drop in the bucket compared to how terrible I felt before explant. I no longer feel like I'm going to die. I recently (as in a week ago!) resumed more normal exercise (cardio & strength) in addition to the yog...

May 28, 2018

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Today marks my 161st day or 6 months post explant anniversary! I cannot believe it has been an entire half year. I am humbled, blessed, filled with gratitude, feel honored and happy. Nothing is easy on the healing side, but for every two steps you move forward in your healing you only take one step backwards; so the journey is still moving you in the right direction!

My symptoms were stagnant for a bit, but recently they have begun changing for the better again. As noted below this is as of today!I weaned myself off Lexapro and have been a month free of it and no withdrawal symptoms for the past 10 days too!

All I can say is everything is better. I have documented every aspect of my heali...

May 19, 2018

I've continued to track my symptoms but haven't blogged them yet. It's been up and down the last few weeks with some detox cycles and then of course, I decided to wean myself off Lexapro (Anti-Anxiety medication) because I didn't feel it served me, in fact I felt it was inhibiting my healing progress. (I also found out the company that made it was fined over $300 Million for marketing for unapproved purposes, paying kickbacks to doctors, and failing to disclose/hiding negative clinical/research data.... AND THEN I found out that ALLERGAN bought them out, Allergan is the company that made my breast implants........ so weaning off was critical to me!)

Withdrawal symptoms were no joke. Dizzy spells, severe nausea, migraine headaches, hot flashes, profuse sweating, insomnia, irritability and some brain fo...

March 9, 2018

Apologies, I've been really busy in year end for some clients of mine. I haven't worked since November of last year, so I have some serious catch up to do and this is the first I've felt well enough to finally get back to some part-time working again. So my priority has been to focus on meeting my clients needs and finalizing their year ends for tax deadlines. 

I am still tracking symptoms and taking my daily photos! The prior week there wasn't too much out of the ordinary, some minor inflammation and congestion related symptoms due to more sugar intake as a result of a few family birthdays close together! This week however I had a major reaction to a trigger.

I was at the salon on Friday getting my hair cut and the product that was used in my hair I didn't really think about. My scalp was really itchy...

March 8, 2018

This week was full  of ups and downs with the flare ups. Now, this was primarily self induced. We had several birthdays in our immediate and extended family this week, so there was cake and lots of it. I've been pretty good staying away from and minimizing as much sugar consumption as possible and it makes a huge difference for me. When I eat sugar, I feel the affects of it within 10-15 minutes. It resembles allergy symptoms, my throat feels like it's hard to swallow and needs to be cleared often (inflammation), my sinuses get congested, my eyes water, nose runs, my face becomes inflamed (swollen) and sometimes sneezing occurs as well. This usually lasts another 2-3 days but is a little less aggressive each day after. The best thing I can do right now is just avoid my triggers. I do most of the time,...

February 22, 2018

The past week I spent much of the week in a self-induced flare up. What I mean by this is that I was not as strict with my diet, I consumed more sugar, I didn't keep up with as many of the good food choices I typically do, and I also pushed myself physically more then my body is ready for. It's not a bad or upsetting thing, it just reminds me my body has it's work cut out for it and is still very fragile from the fight it's been waging against the poison I put into my body for over 7 years. So I have to be strict with my diet, stay away from my known triggers (sugar, alcohol, processed foods, fast food, etc) or accept that I will be in a flare up if I don't.

So my symptoms over the week included significantly more visible inflammation (aka bloating) in my entire body from my legs to my stomach to my f...

February 8, 2018

The past week I seemed to be on the edge of another flare up but I back off on doing too much and spent a bit more time resting and it seems to be helping from it becoming a full fledged one! This is good to know that when I feel one on its way, resting can help to mitigate it. I had one day with a headache over the week, but it may have been weather pressure related because two days later we have 2 massive heavy snowfall storms. I always used to get "weather change" headaches, it appears they may have returned. Still beats headaches every single day! I also had minor nausea for a brief period one morning that went away. My knees were a bit more stiff feeling but not as bad as before explant, just not as good as they've felt since explant. It only last a day. I also had some minor sinus stuff show up...

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 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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