Hear from women who have questions about whether to explant and women who are recovering from breast explantation and how they are managing their physical and mental healing. We will also hear from those who are championing the movement to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Hi, my name is Terri Diaz, here is my BII story. I got my breast implants in 2006. Even though I started to experience symptoms right away, I did not associate them with my implants. I just attributed them to becoming older and the pressures of having just started a business. As most busy women do, I just disregarded the symptoms.
But four years after getting my implants, my symptoms became so severe, I could no longer ignore them. I became extremely ill. I developed food allergies. I could not digest food. I experienced debilitating pain and fatigue. I developed migraines daily. I suffered from dizzy spells. You name it, I had it. I had over 32 symptoms, and 10 diagnosed auto-immune illnesses. I felt as if my whole body was falling apart!
Still, the doctors I consulted with or myself never considered it could be my breast implants that were causing these problems.
Hi, I’m Lacole and I would like to share life on the sidelines with you. I first got saline breast implants in 1998 at the age of 24 to attain B-cup sized breasts. In 2007, when I was 33 years old, I decided to get my second set of saline implants to achieve a size C. A year later, in 2008, due to a rupture in my left breast implant, I received my third set of saline implants, even though my doctor at the time attempted to convince me to get silicone for a more aesthetically pleasing effect.
After my third implant surgery, I immediately became sick. I was hospitalized with heart issues of unknown origin. No one on my medical team – which included a neurologist, an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, a rheumatologist, and an orthopedic surgeon – just to name a few – could explain why my heart was functioning abnormally. At times, I was in critical condition and thought I would die. My medical team diagnosed me with the auto-immune diseases Myasthenia Gravis, Sjogren’s, Myositis, and possible Myopathy.
Yesterday was one month since I removed my breast implants. It has been quite a month. On one hand, I have struggled with recovery and the changes in what I look like. I feel like everyone is staring at me. In reality, breasts are not what makes you beautiful or defines you.
What defines me? Who I am. A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Vanity won for a very long time. I ignored the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. I allowed my body to be poisoned by foreign objects that were sitting on top of my lungs and heart.
It took strength and it took courage, more than I knew I had in me. But, I did it, and I am on the lighter side. I woke up from surgery (after the sickness from anesthesia which is normal for me) feeling better than I have felt in years. My skin changed, the white in my eyes became lighter, and all my joint pain was gone! Each day, more and more symptoms have disappeared. I feel more alive than I have I so many years!