It was a day most of us will never forget where we were. I was 25 years old at the time and had just woken up from my surgery. I had finally done it, I had silicone breast implants put in. When it came to a set of boobs, I had been at the back of the queue when they had been handed out and prior to my operation, I had spent my life so far completely and utterly flat chested. Having lived with my 32AAAAA, and thats being generous, I now had a voluptuous (for me) 32C! I just couldn’t wait to go and test drive these new bad boys in skimpy tops and amazing lingerie. I could finally feel ‘sexy’, not worry about my chicken fillets peeking through the top of my bra or even worse falling out at an inappropriate moment, especially as I was a TV presenter and doing a lot of live shows. No more feeling embarrassed and shy about my top half when I got a new beau in tow either , I was finally a ‘woman’. HURRAH!
Back in the early noughties, breast implants were sold to me as completely safe by my surgeon Peter Ashby. The only issue he ever mentioned during my consultation was the chance that my body may reject the implants within the first year, causing capsular contraction. My 25 year old self was so keen on getting a set of beautiful new lady lumps, that even if this unfortunate event was to occur, I was quite prepared to just have them removed immediately… no harm done.
Little did I know that capsular contraction was going to be the least of my worries. For the next 14 years I was diagnosed with allergies, migranes, back and neck issues, labrynthitis, gastro and intestinal issues, fatigue, joint pain, breast pain, amongst a whole load of other issues along the way. Then at the end of 2015, my body threw its toys out of the pram and I received the diagnosis that changed my life. I had been diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease. Within a month of the diagnosis, my left breast implant went hard. The morning I discovered I had capsular contraction, I googled autoimmune issues and hard breast implant. Suddenly, I had walked into a whole new world. I found hundreds of other women with the same problems and a massive connection between breast implants and autoimmunity. Since that morning, I have never looked back. I have been seeking answers and finding possible ways to heal my body.
This blog follows my journey to find out if any or all of my issues past and present are actually related to my silicone implants. From finding the right surgeon, getting the toxic bags out, to what awaits me health wise on the other side.
Have I actually been misdiagnosed all these years?
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