March is Breast Implant Illness Awareness Month.
Yes this is a real thing.
I know. Because this is what I had.
Yet no doctor would believe me.
No doctor would believe that my implants were making me sick.
Instead of looking for a cause as to why I was experiencing:
Loss of vision
Numbness in fingers
They prescribed immune suppressing self administered injections weekly and told me to take anti depressants.
You see, medically on paper, I was a picture of health.
There was nothing that would come up on countless blood tests, MRI’s, ECG, stress tests, X-rays, ultrasounds.
This illness all happens internally.
I was “the healthiest looking sick person”.
And I was healthy.
I eliminated gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar from my diet.
I made my own kombucha
I made my own bone broth
I read everything on health I could find
I took over 20 supplements a day
But I just couldn’t get better.
I had to quit my job, I could no longer drive. My kids had to stop after school activities as I couldn’t get them there.
I was a recluse in my own home.
Too hyper sensitive to noise and people.
My naturopath discovered an illness and he thought that my implants were the source of my troubles.
I had them scanned.
They were not leaking. So it can’t be them.
But it was.
I had them removed 18 months ago.
After I visited 3 surgeons, and 1 of them said if I left them in they would kill me.
The other 2 were more concerned with my appearance.
It hasn’t been an easy 18 month recovery.
I think the 8 years of medicated injections have taken their toll.
I struggle with permanent damage from the arthritis in my foot.
And still deal with some sort of pain daily.
My system is extremely sensitive still.
And if there is a new pain or symptom I fear the worst, and immediately think everything is coming back.
I am not a rare case.
This is happening to tens of thousands of women world wide.
This does not discriminate.
It does not matter whether you have silicone or saline.
Whether you have a rupture or not.
It is simply your body reacting to something foreign and trying to destroy it. Which in turn destroys you.