🎉CELEBRATING MY 6th EXPLANT ANNIVERSARY (aka Explantaversary) !!! HAPPY EXPLANTAVERSARY TO ME!!!! WAHOO!!!! 🥳🤩🙌👏🙏
I woke up from my explant surgery, October 29, 2013, feeling such a sense of relief that my implants were actually out! Words fail to relate the degree that I felt it. The next thought, milliseconds after, was realizing that I could take a full breath for the first time in years. You don’t realize how heavy implants are until they’re removed. Or, how much they impacted breathing.
Even though I’m in the ‘permanently harmed club’ I felt a sense of celebration upon waking from explant that I’ve continued to feel every single day since then. I didn’t want to die with those freaking things still in me.
Six years after explant I’m no longer impacted by the post traumatic stress I experienced through being treated so horribly by doctors who had as little clue about my implants as I did. I don’t blame them for not knowing what to do, and for not realizing the terrible things going on within my chest wall and systemically from my badly ruptured implants. Working together to make things better moving forward is all I care about. Making things better for those who’ve come after me .. in my community … throughout Canada … and internationally.
This day has become more important to me than my birthday. 🎂
There are so many amazing things about no longer having breast implants. One of the absolute BEST is being able to feel real heart to heart hugs again .. #priceless. 🤗
My heart goes out to all of the women who’ve realized their implants have failed, or feel they’ve got ticking time bombs within them and desperately want their implants removed, but can’t afford it. Or are having trouble finding a surgeon to properly remove their implants. I experienced that desperate ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’ feeling and it was terrible. May you be explanted soon. I will celebrate with you when your day comes!
To anyone considering getting implants please know that NOBODY gets out of having implants unscathed. It’s a matter of degree, what & when. At very least there will be permanent destruction within the breasts and chest wall, and at worst they can ruin your health, potentially irreversibly. May you love yourself enough not to get them. For so many of us, we got that lesson the hard way. May you learn from those of us harmed without having to go down that path personally.