I honestly can’t believe that three and a half years have gone by since removing my breast implants.
In 2015 I was in a world of pain and diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was a blow to say the least. A disease that allows my immune system to run riot attacking itself at will.
The cure… there isn’t meant to be one.
The way to deal with it… a cocktail of medication that suppresses the immune system.
Fortunately this unfortunate episode in my life was for the greater good. It allowed me to search deeper into the reason why I was in this annoying health predicament, opened me up to go onto support others in the same situation.
Having discovered that the last 14 years of illnesses correlated to my toxic ‘fun’ bags, I was quick to remove them see how many of the symptoms I had suffered with over the years would disappear.
The fatigue, hair loss, dizzy spells, headaches/migraines, back & neck pain, anxiety, panic attacks, itching all over my entire body, gastro intestinal issues, random allergies… all gone!
Raising awareness became my top priority once I explanted. Together with the wonderful Sandy Cooper we co-founded a support group for women in the UK going through the same painstaking journey as we did. Constantly being dismissed by their GPs, consultants or surgeons because all their test results came back normal. Hearing the same words over and over again that there are no side effects/symptoms relating to breast implants because they are inert and there is no scientific evidence to justify otherwise.
Three and a half years on and our group is near the 3000th member. These women are now part of an incredible community that truly understands what they are going through and have the support they need every step of the way, to help them heal.
This year (2019) we achieved, what we thought would be, the unachievable. A documentary was aired on Channel 4, where I dusted off my old presenting skills and reported for Dispatches about the growing number of women complaining about illnesses, as well as some being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (BIA-ALCL) relating to breast implants. Since then, there have been many fabulous media reports following suit and awareness is growing daily.
We have grabbed the attention of surgeons across the UK through their societies such as BAAPS and BAPRAS, whom are now holding lectures regarding BII and how to help women.
The MHRA (UKs regulatory body), have also taken note of the situation and we are currently waiting for them to hopefully follow suit from the FDA and release a statement about BII.
Miss Diagnosed started off as a little blog, documenting my journey of BII. It has been growing slowly over the years and is now bursting with a wealth of information from why our bodies react to implants, understanding the signs & symptoms of BIA-ALCL, BII journeys from many different women with many different brands of implants – to my journey, detox and a few recipes that I have used along the way.
I really hope you find this website helpful, supportive and comforting during your journey back to health after Breast Implant Illness.
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