September 11th 2001

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 all 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?

 

Click here to read more…

 

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12 thoughts on “September 11th 2001

  1. Dan says:

    Thanks for putting this out here. My daughter is suffering with the same issues and is scheduled for Explant surgery on September 13, and we pray for success and healing for her and all others suffering with breast implant illness.

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    • Miss Diagnosed says:

      You are more than welcome. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she regains her health and happiness after explant. Not long now. If she wants any support from women who have been or are currently in the same situation as her, please check out the links page where there are two support groups for BII. xx

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    • Lucinda Maxwell says:

      Hi,
      Thank you for highlighting this! I have been to the GP today as I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, RA, ME and the list goes on! I spend days even a week in bed and just feel so poorly, my GP didn’t seem too concerned yet my left breast has gone a different shape and is slightly harder than the right! Could you please advise me what to do I’m at the end of my tether and desperate for help. 🥺

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  2. Katie says:

    I’m so proud of you and forever in your debt
    Keep raising awareness and know I totally support you and want to one day join this campaign fully to support and help women to heal and change beliefs about this ‘harmless’ cosmetic surgery xxx

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  3. Lx says:

    I peeled a pineapple will be bigger than I carried a watermelon – mark my words. Believe in you, believe in those that love you, believe in a positive future. Xx

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  4. MaryAnn Stevens says:

    That is just aso inspireing . THESE LETTERS SO SMALL I HAD MY my implants removed 3 yrs ago been sick since I have to finish reading your post it is so sad but happy to. Lots of hugs Mary AnnMary

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  5. Julie says:

    I too suffered for 7 years after having implants and doctors didn’t know why I had so many “unconnected ” symptoms. My friend mentioned that it all stated following having my implants, and after a bit of back tracking, I thought she might be right. I had them removed a few months later and initially felt a massive improvement, but I have since developed several debilitating auto immune diseases, including graves disease, thyroid eye disease, sjogrens syndrome, and autoimmune hepatitis. Please anyone considering implants, think of what might happen….. including what you boobs may look like if you need explant after several years!

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    • Miss Diagnosed says:

      Most ladies do feel great to start off and then after 3-8 weeks start to get all their symptoms back again in full force. This normally starts to ease over 6 months with detox, changed diet and supplements. I used a nutritionist to test me through my hair and gut to work out the best possible detox path for me. I am over a year now and still have a few issues, however I do feel I am turning a corner and seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I truly hope you are feeling better and healing is going well .xx

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  6. Pat says:

    Hi ,since I had my implants I have always been ill ,my breathing is really bad,I ache,I sleep ,I forget things,iv had a cough that won’t go,sweating and sickness. I have always said my problem are my implants.

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  7. Elaine says:

    Dear Abbie,
    I was incredibly moved by the documentary last night, more so because I specialise in scar tissue therapy providing pre and post op support treatments for anyone that is having surgery, planned or unplanned with a hands on remedial approach to treating scars, new and mature. My work load varies but predominantly focuses on women pre and post breast cancer surgery that often involve removal of implants (due to the symptoms you’ve highlighted) and an accompanying breast lift.The extent of the scarring and the long term effects are pretty horrendous really, as scar tissue always contracts to affect the surrounding tissues in a big way. Although women are completely overjoyed to be rid of their implants, the next battle for many is managing the constant pulling and tugging sensations that occurs after surgery.I am launching my scar therapy services later this year and I am on a mission to highlight the ongoing trauma and pain that women have to silently endure after breast surgeries.Sadly, we are often given the wrong advice about scarring, compression garments and support in general. Having had my own surgery for breast cancer last year and the lack of support available, has only fuelled my drive even further!! I have a small team that are helping me with my plight but I wondered if this will be helpful and useful for you to bring to the public’s attention as well and certainly the women in your circle that are making the brave decision to go ahead with surgery? If so, please send me an email I and we can chat. And if not, I applaud you for all the wonderful work and support you are providing.
    Elaine Tomkins
    Head of Massage Training, Neal’s Yard Remedies UK

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