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Hi everyone! First of all, I am so glad I found...

Hi everyone! First of all, I am so glad I found this site! I have thought about breast reduction for several years. Between having kids and my mom's health problems, it is an idea that has been on the back burner for a while. It is so wonderful to have so many ladies who understand what I have went though and felt, and who are so selfless and willing to share their experiences! Thanks to you all!

My story is similar to many I have read on here. I am a 35 year old mother of 2 young children. I am 5'3" and 135 lbs with a 36DDD chest. I remember about 6th grade starting to "blossom" and given the long line of big boobed women on both sides of my family I was already dreading my future. By 8th grade, I was already a good size B and felt very uncomfortable with the stares and comments from my male classmates. By high school I was a nearly a full D and that's when the baggy t-shirts, oversized sweatshirts and anything else that could hide my size became my everyday wardrobe. By my mid 20's I had hoped I was through expanding, but the girls had other ideas and on to DDs it was. When I became pregnant with my son, they grew even more to a whopping 36DDD. Three years later while pregnant with my daughter, they ballooned to a 38G. Luckily, in the last 3 years they have shrank back to 36DDD, but, as you all well know, that is nothing to be happy about. My back hurts me constantly. My shoulders and neck hurt on a regular basis and I have migranes so bad at times that I can't even move my head because of the pain. It is hard to straighten my back if I bend over for too long and my posture is horrible. I am so tired of the pain and discomfort of lugging these puppies around! I would love to be comfortable in my own body for a change, both physically and mentally.

My misfortune was to marry a "breast man" and he is of the "the bigger the better" mindset. We have been married 8 years and he swears to this day that it was my eyes that first caught his attention, but he's not a very good liar! LOL I have mentioned on more than several occasions that I would feel so much better about myself and be in much less pain if I could drop a few cup sizes. He then breaks out his standard response of "There are lots of women who pay big bucks to have boobs like that. You should be proud of them!" I try to explain to him that the women who WANT big boobs haven't had to lug them around and do any type of physical activity with them either. Since finding this site and reading over the experiences of all the fantastic ladies here, I have made up my mind that I absolutely want this surgery! It is trying to bring my hubby on board that could put the breaks on this bye-bye booby train. Anyone else have problems with their significant others objecting? He hasn't gone as far as telling me no he doesn't want me to do it, but his not so subtle hints of disapproval have not gone unnoticed. I have been trying for days to sit him down and talk about it, but as soon as anything is said about how I'd like to have smaller breasts he either changes topics or shuts down all together. As much as I want this done I can't do it without his support, mainly because with a 7 year old and a 3 year old, I will have to have him on board and willing to help. I know my husband all too well, and this is the same man who would not even put a frozen pizza in the oven by himself while I was recovering from a c-section! Sadly, I think our 7 year old son is more self-sufficent! I am going to keep working on him and maybe he will see my side of things....even if I have to strap a couple of sandbags inside a bra and make him wear it all day! LOL

In the meantime, I have been researching plastic surgeons. I live in a very small town in a rual area, but luckily I have found a doctor with very high reviews from patients and over 30 years experience. His office is less than half an hour from where I live and he accepts my insurance. The hospital is the same one my mom had hip replacement surgery in and they are very good. Not to mention that I have a cousin who is a RN there and an aunt who worked as a nurse there for years and knows the place inside and out. Now just waiting to take the first step and make an appointment for a consult to see if insurance would cover at least most of the cost. I am hoping to do this sooner than later, so hopefully I will be able to continue my experience and share with others this journey to a happier me!

It has been a while since I posted my original...

It has been a while since I posted my original review. It has certainly been a lot more difficult to begin this process than I thought it would be. I finally made a call to my first doctor of choice to try and at least schedule a consult. He has excellent credentials and reviews, but I was told that he no longer did larger size reductions which is what I would need. Luckily, his office did highly recommend another doctor in my area that I am planning on calling tomorrow for more details. I am excited to be on this path, but it is not going to be without it's hurdles to overcome. Not just with the process of the reduction itself, but with trying to deal with my husband's absolute disapproval of me doing this. I was hoping that once I sat down and talked to him about it, gave him the facts, and explained to him (again!) why I not only wanted this surgery, but NEEDED it he would at least understand and pretend to support me. How wrong I was! Even after I told him my doctor agreed I was a good candidate for a reduction, especially given my family history of breast cancer on both sides of my family. I thought once the doctor explained that the smaller in size my breasts were the more likely any sign of cancer would be deteted earlier that my husband would be okay with it. He STILL says he is 100% against any type of plastic surgery since he "cannot believe it is actually needed." Even though he was gracious enough to tell me that it is my body and he can't tell me what to do with it, I know him well enough to know what I will have to deal with out of him if and when I do go through with this surgery. I wish I had the support at home that most of you wonderful ladies seem to have had, but either way, this is something I feel I need to do for ME. Not only for the betterment of my health, but for an overall better me. I cannot help but believe I would be a better mother and wife if I was not in pain so often and felt more comfortable in my own body. Here's hoping to brighter and lighter days ahead!

Wow....four months since my last update and,...

Wow....four months since my last update and, sadly, not much has changed for me. The hubby STILL firmly against me having a reduction. I can't even talk to him about it without him getting aggitated and going on about all of the reasons HE thinks I have no real need for the surgery and how millions of women would be happy to have a chest as large as mine. I want to have this surgery so bad. I know how much better I would feel both physically and emotionally.

Here's the kicker! The PS I have chosen and feel the most comfortable with does not take insurance. After hearing how much insurance would require removed, I am not wanting to use insurance anyway. My husband has a decent job and we are very frugal with what we spend. We have enough in savings right now to cover the entire cost of the reduction without hurting our nest egg. Since my husband is against me having this done he has refused to pay for the procedure. I am a stay at home mom, so I have no income of my own to put towards my surgery fund. This is what frustrates me so. I could call tomorrow and start the process rolling to schedule the reduction, but without my hubby's okay to withdrawal the money to pay for it I am left with no real options. When I think about the whole situation I am not sure if I want to scream in anger or cry from dissapointment and sadness.

The way it is looking, without some miracle or a drastic change of heart from the hubby, my journey isn't going to get any smoother.

Wish this were easier, but without a miracle or a SERIOUS change of heart from my husband, it doesn't look like my journey is going to get any smoother.
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