Today 10/18/18, marks one year since I had surgery to have my breast implants removed.
Since I released my story to the world, I can't tell you how many women have reached out to me. Some worried because they have experienced symptoms of breast implant illness and had no idea what caused it, many who explanted and are healed, some who were considering breast implants and decided against it once reading my story. The list goes on!
I appreciate all of your messages and feedback. It seriously means the world to me. I have to admit, it's hard to relive last August when I got really sick and no doctor could give me answers. It was really scary and I have found so much comfort from other women who have shared their stories with me. We are never alone.
For those of you who have messaged me, I try to respond to everyone but some I'm sure I've missed. Even though I felt very vulnerable sharing my story with implants, I am so happy that my decision to share has helped so many women.
One year has flown by and I am still happy with my decision to remove my implants.
Even if I had not gotten sick or experienced symptoms of breast implant illness, I still would have removed them within the next year or two. I have known too many women who have gotten sick at this point and I really don't want to put my body, family and bank account through a breast surgery every 10 or so years so I can have implants. I have known women who undergo 3-5 breast surgeries due to complications and it's just not worth it. Where I am in life, it just doesn't make sense to me. Especially after studying about the number of chemicals in implants.
As a mother of a little girl who watches everything I do, I stand confident in my decision to remove them. I don't want her to think she needs to ever alter her body to look beautiful. She IS beautiful as she is.
Some close friends have asked me if I am still happy with my decision to remove them and if I miss the way they look. I admit, it was an adjustment afterward because I had them for almost 10 years. Even though I can still wear the same tops, it was an adjustment because when I first had them removed, my breasts were pretty deflated (which I was prepared for).
After a few months, the perked back up and looked normal, which I am thankful for. When I first came home from surgery and got the first look at them, I immediately thought, "why did I ever get implants to begin with? What have I done to my body?"
It was tough for a few days after surgery. But after the healing and removal of the drainage tubes, I started liking my new normal. Then I got back in the gym and started LOVING my new normal. I can wear low cut tops and not be concerned about too much cleavage. When I get lean, my boobs no longer look like two balloons on my chest. I see pictures of myself from before and my implants look "over the top" to me now. Like a little too much. It's funny how our preferences change.
Having removed my implants (C cup), I am now back to my original "B" cup. I'm good with that. That's how God made me.
I see myself now and love the way I look. My husband does, too. After all, I got them after we got married so that was never a deal breaker, as it shouldn't be with any man who loves YOU. Keep that in mind.
Today, as I reflect back over the last year and healing my body from the inside out, I'm so grateful.
I am 16 weeks pregnant today with our second baby and I am so proud of myself for removing something from my body that was making me sick.
When someone asks me if I miss my implants, here are my thoughts. Would you keep a tooth rotting in your mouth because it "looks" good? Would you stay in a toxic relationship with someone because you "look" good as a couple? I hope not. I wouldn't. The implants had to go!
Your health is not worth risking for looks. Health is wealth.
Toward the end of my relationship with my implants, they didn't even feel like "mine." I felt like they were borrowed, rented. They were just two saline bags with a silicone shell that did not belong there. My body and immune system was fighting them daily and it was time. My body was giving me all the signs and I listened.
Unfortunately, some women go years and years feeling sick and just think it's "age, parenthood, life, etc." That's why it's important for me to share my story and for you to do the same for others.
I have had many friends explant this past year or two and feel amazing now. They are healing and feel youthful and full of life. Most have recovered to 100%.
My results today:
As for me, I have fully recovered: no more headaches several times a week, no more food sensitivities, no more acidic stomach, no more extreme fatigue or nausea (until pregnancy, of course), no more weird skin rashes. My hormones have leveled out (hello, I'm preggo) and the way I view my body more confidently has changed. So many positives!
If you are experiencing sickness and considering having your implants removed, do it! Don't wait.
Your breast size does not define you or how you impact this world.
Love you all.
Thanks for reading.
Read my original post, Bye Bye Breast Implants - click here!