I got my breast implants in 1978. Little did I know my Multiple Chemical Sensitivity that started developing in weeks was related to my implants. Over the next 16 years, I became increasingly sicker. .
Fatigue, pain, cognitive/memory problems, unable to do the simplest job correctly. . . My entire life was controlled by my sensitivity to smells. My eyes developed multiple cornea errosions. Far from having a better life, I became a shut-in.
When I was at the absolute lowest point of my life - no job, marriage on the rocks, sick as a dog, I had a dream where God told me to turn everything over to him, and that he would take care of me. From that point, I was lead to a doctor who removed them properly (en bloc) - even though he didn't believe that was necessary. (He still thinks breast implants are safe.). I was also lead to a number of people and treatments that soon helped me get my life back. Then to other women who needed help.
Since that time, I've been helping women get better after their implant experience. I started a Yahoo group (SiliconeKids) for the families of children made ill by their mother's implants. The children's experiences are devastating! . . . The medical profession is completely blind to these issues. Blood money rules!
The fact is, there is no safe breast implants. . . not saline, gel, or cohesive gel. We've seen women become horribly ill from all of them. The FDA knows this! They are more concerned about satisfying the demands of businesses than they are in protecting the citizens!
There have never been any significant studies done on SICK women, or their offspring. The early animal studies showed many problems, but those were covered up.
The worst part of this is not the women . . . they had a choice! Their unborn children did not. Any woman of child bearing age must ask themselves how they will feel if their child experiences devastating, life-long problems because of their choice to get breast implants. . . Or if they are unable to become pregnant, or successfully carry a child to birth, because of their breast implants.
Older women should be able to afford to properly replace (en bloc) their implants at least every ten years. They should be able to support themselves without a job, should they become ill . .. And have enough money set aside to take care of their own medical expenses, should they lose their insurance along with their job. . . They need a spouse/partner ready to stand by them if they become disabled. They should also know that they may not be insurable (healthy, disability, life) once they've had breast implants.
Breast implants are NOT a fashion statement! They are a major life decision that can permanently change ones life for the worse. Very few of the women who have come to support groups like Yahoo's Saline Support care what their boobs look like after being so terribly ill. All they want is to be able to enjoy the simple things in life again. The good news is that, after being properly explanted and detoxing, most of them do get their life back - but their health remains fragile.
Women should know that making a decision to get breast implants is like going down a one way street. There is no satisfactory return. So, If you're thinking about breast implants . . . think long, think strong . . . Then think NO WAY! . . . You won't be sorry!