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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...

December 2, 2018

Hello again! Well it's been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Overall since my explant surgery on Dec 18, 2017 things have improved drastically. The decision to remove my implants was definitely the right decision for me, however, I'm potentially faced with ANOTHER expensive surgery because I did not have a surgeon that explanted properly by removing the ENTIRE capsule (only part).

For those that don't know, proper explant is REALLY crucial for a number of reasons. The capsules are formed by your body as a response to the foreign body, it's kind of like your body trying to wall it off to protect you. It's SMART! This tissue can continue to be deemed a "foreign body" itself, because the body really doesn't know it's your own tissue. The other thing is that the capsule has the bleed off from your b...

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...

March 16, 2018

I'm now 88 days into my healing since my breast implant removal. I have been waiting for a much anticipated first appointment with a specialist regarding my silicone exposure and related symptoms (breast implant illness) and my day finally arrived March 15! Yesterday I had that appointment.

First of all, this is no hokey pokey doctor. He is a renowned and well-respected MD, PHD (Doctor of Medical Sciences) with specialities in Nephrology & Immunology. His areas of expertise include autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders and ASIA ( autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by an adjuvant). I was VERY fortunate that my family MD provided the referral to this specialist.

 My appointment was over 2 hours in length and included a very thorough review of my family medial history, an extensive revie...

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...

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...

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...

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