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Health: Breast Implants are Toxic Part 1

I have used my voice to motivate people, to help businesses succeed, and honestly, my main mission is to create this blog for you to read, and feel inspired to make changes. I started this blog over 9 years ago and I have shared so much of my life with you all, the good and bad. It has been a source of therapy for me and this little corner of the internet has mainly been a place for me to be able to connect with you.  I enjoy sharing ideas, relating to similar issues, and sharing my knowledge. For those of you that know me well, you know I am pretty much an open book. To my core, I would do and share anything just for the opportunity to help someone else.

 

Something that has been affecting me and have been quiet about is my health. I have gone from one issue to the next ever since Silas was born three years ago.   I shared this post back in 2015 right after I had Silas where I temporarily felt better, but the downward spiral continued in varying degrees. Health is so important to me that in my book, Start Balancing, (primarily about productivity) health has its own chapter!

 

If you know me really well, you will also know I am very detail oriented and that carries over into my health. I fully believe that if we are not healthy we are not able to be as productive and reach our fullest potential.  I eat clean (mostly organic), I haven’t eaten dairy or gluten for over 4 years. I exercise regularly (slightly competitive at the gym) and this chick functions at her best with 8 hours of sleep. I  go to the chiropractor and get acupuncture regularly. Despite all of this, my health has been declining. Yes, I am going to throw a little business/life talk in here…. but I know if you are not feeling your best, you are not as productive, energetic, or fearless. Period.

 

Some of the issues I have had for the last three years include random infections, a tooth abscess from a perfectly fine tooth, ear infections, sinus infections, candida problems/yeast problems, a parasite last summer, bacteria overgrowth in my gut that made me very ill and left me with leaky gut which caused all sort of stomach issues. I went from 4 food sensitivities in 2016 to 28 different sensitivities in 6 months and I literally couldn’t eat anything without a reaction (And we are talking food sensitivities to healthy foods like broccoli and chicken). My stomach was permeable. Hair loss, thyroid problems, irregular periods, hormone imbalance, fatigue, brain fog, problems focusing, adrenal problems and this was just in the last 12 months of my life. I hate taking medicine and always seek alternative medicine, but in many instances I didn’t have a choice. Doctors warned me that without medicine, some of these issues could lead to bigger and long-term health issues. I have gone from medicine to medicine and feel like I was strapped to taking vitamins and supplements just to get by. Let’s not even talk about how expensive all this has been–seeking alternative medicine, consulting with many doctors, and the supplement costs alone. More importantly the time it has robbed me from my family and perusing things that I wanted to.

Four months ago I became aware that my lymph nodes on the left side were blocked. Acupuncture would unblock it and it would flow for about 48 hours and then it would become blocked again.  My doctor ran an immunity test on me. I learned that our bodies should operate in a range of 60-120 and mine was at a 22. My body had no ability to fight anything and I kept asking myself why, knowing I had to get off this downward spiral before something worse happened.

You guys know I am a business person. I am not a doctor or nurse, nor do I have any background in the medical field. But, what I am, is very well researched and an informed individual. When I don’t know or understand something, I read and research to make sure to understand every aspect to it and typically try to find at least three varying opinions so that I can come at my own conclusion. I have also consulted with top notch doctors throughout this entire process. Just a couple of thoughts about our immune systems and what they are affected by…

1. If you were vaginally delivered as a child, (which I was) it is a win. You get your first strain of bacteria in the birth canal.

2. If you were breastfed (which I was not)–another big win.

3. Any time you take antibiotics it wipes out your immune system and your body has to start over with good and bad bacteria (This is why I cannot stand doctors that just pull out the pen and paper and prescribe medicine as a first measure). Yes, it is needed–sometimes–but not always (I had a good bit of antibiotics growing up).

4. What we eat, expose ourselves too, air we breath in, and the quality of our water matter! We MUST pay attention to our environment (I was not always as cautious about this as I am now).

5. Invaders can wreck havoc on our bodies (a.k.a. foreign objects and the most common foreign invaders I see are breast implants, metal dental implants. And yes even saline, “the safe” kind.)  When our body spots a  foreign object, it does what it was designed to do–attack it! Even saline implants are made of silicone! For some, it can happen quickly while others it can be slowly over time as your immune system wears down. For me, my tipping point was my third pregnancy.

Okay, so you might have guessed where we are going with this by now. At 19 I was living on my own, and the one thing I was always self-conscious about was my breasts. I made the decision to get saline implants (placed under the muscle). As women, the most common times I see this done, is at a young age or after you have had babies, breastfeed and then decide you hate the changes in your body and look for a way to fix it.

10-15 years ago I felt that implants were  “in”. They portrayed beauty and health when you saw full breasts and an hourglass figure.  Now, I think natural beauty is in and I wish I thought that back then. So, if you are reading this and you want something done to your breasts, I beg you, consider a lift or fat transfer, or loving the body God gave you as it is. Not all women react to their implants either, but I do know there is a large number of women walking around with symptoms and they are reasoning with themselves as I did for three years. They think they are just getting older and don’t realize the implants are the source of the problem.

Beauty is also from within and I don’t want anyone to go through what I had to just for the sake of not liking what you see in the mirror. It will rob you of your energy and from your life. Maybe not right away but eventually.

I am not here to judge, and I just hope that sharing a piece of my personal experience will impact you and catch your attention. Do you know who we get the hardest judgment from as women and men? Ourselves! If you are someone that is reading this and currently have implants in your body, I am not trying to sway you one way or another. My goal here is to give you the knowledge that it took me 3 years to figure out myself.  For 12 years I had these implants in my body. I have spent time kicking myself, and wishing I could have gone back and made a different decision. But, now as I look in the mirror and see my breasts as they are with scars and back in the “ittie bittie tittie committee, I also see my c-section scars from the birth of my first son, I also see my loose skin on my stomach when I bend over and honestly I am proud. I have endured being a woman, I have learned and I vow to love myself just as I am. Scars and all. Beauty is not on the outside, it’s the people that you have in your life and the impact that you can make in the lives of others, it’s the way you treat  people and the energy you bring to this life! It is not what you see in the mirror.

 

Honestly, this process has scared the shit out of me. Physically, mentally and emotionally. I have been mad at myself. I have openly and honestly been completely terrified of any aftermath and mentally what it would do to my self-image. And I spent more hours than you can imagine looking at breasts of women that have also explanted, trying to reason with myself that physically I would be okay. While all along I felt as if my life was sitting on a time-clock and I was responsible for allowing it to shorten.

 

I made up my mind on my own, but I encouraged my husband to be a part of the process. He had seen first hand that I was going from issue to issue and as most of you know he is now in medicine and has been so supportive. I am sharing this with you, and if you can relate at all, I would encourage you not to walk this path alone. I made my own mind up but I knew that my husband would be an important part of the process– for both healing, physically, and of course, we still want to be desired by our significant other. He has been awesome and has been my rock through this entire process.

 

I already paid for the explant surgery and had a concrete date set in stone. I had told no one other than my husband, my mom, and a couple people at my office due to the downtime that would be needed. I shared with a few close friends and I got varying opinions. Some probably thinking I am straight up crazy while others weighing the pros and cons with me. These friends all know me well enough and they always have my best interest at heart I know this, but it became confusing. I battled this decision for a year and I started second guessing myself and felt as if I was being pulled in a million directions. So I stopped talking about it. I prayed about it. I leaned into the people that had walked this journey alongside me and knew this was something I needed to do for myself no matter the outcome. My two biggest fears were. 1. What would I look like after? Yes, a vain question. 2. What if I go through this process and nothing changes?

I apologize this post is long, but it is important and I am open and honest and just hope that by sharing my experiences, others will read and possibly have a lightbulb moment. I am going to break this up into two blog posts and this is part one.

The outcome will be Part two, which will be my results physically, bloodwork comparison, and how I detoxed afterwards. CLICK HERE and I will email you when Part two is online (this is not my main newsletter, so if you want to be on my main newsletter HERE).  I am going to give my body about another month before I redo bloodwork to compare all the baselines, but in a nutshell, 95% of symptoms are GONE! I don’t regret it one bit and wish I would have done it sooner. And I also am loving my new frame with smaller “girls”.

Part 1.  – The Surgery.

Here was the day that I went into for surgery with Dr. Randy Rudderman here in Atlanta. He is top notch and an expert in his field. Yes, I brought with me my book as a gift to him, as I was seeking for “balance” in my health. He did an amazing job and is brilliant in and out of the operating room.

Day 1 – Honestly was a little blur after the surgery. So many meds. I was nauseous when I arrived home and remember taking my medicine and going to sleep.

Day 2 – I felt great but would tire easy. I had a follow up that day in the office to change my dressings. I cried the first time I saw this. Number one because my skin was so loose (I did not have a lift) and I was also relived it was over. My vision was also affected and blurry for about 7 days, which I believe was from anesthesia.

Day 3 – I was exhausted. I also didn’t take anything except Tylenol that day. I was able to work on the computer in short spurts and overall my spirits were still up.

Day 4 – Emotionally and physically was my hardest day. You have to wear drains (see picture below) and I found out that day that I couldn’t get them removed yet. Your drainage has to be below a certain amount before you can remove them. I was exhausted and Jeremy was going back to work so I was alone in the house, my mom was keeping my kids, and I cried more than I care to admit that day. This day I also noticed that the bloating that I have had for quite some time was starting to leave my body.

Day 5 and 6 – These both were the same. My husband worked all weekend and I knew I just had to rest as much as I could. I tried to forget about work and focus on myself and try to relax and watch Netflix or TV which I NEVER do.

Day 7 – Drains were removed. Thank goodness! The drains were one of the worst parts. They came out under my armpit and it was an open hole held in with a stitch. The back pain was one of the worst aspects, because I was always hunched forward in protection mode for these drains and had pore posture. This day the dressing was changed as well, and I got to see my “girls” again. I was shocked! My skin in 6 days had retraced back to its original state by 90%. I cried again, this time in relief.

Day 8-14 I felt so much better. Still sore and I would get exhausted so easy. I could only make it until about 1pm before I needed a nap. (Which if you know me, you know I don’t nap!) I also had to remind myself to keep my shoulders back in order to stretch my chest muscles and improve my posture.

As I am typing this I am coming up on 4 weeks since my surgery. Hair loss has stopped, lymph nodes are opening up. My gut is 98% better. The only reason I don’t put the extra 2% is that I am still avoiding dairy, grains, and gluten but other common foods I know I was reacting to has stopped. I honestly will probably avoid them for the rest of my life due to the research on what we should be eating.

Another random fact is I hardly ever sweat. For the last 10 years of my life, I would workout 3-4 days a week and I rarely sweat. I just thought it was the way my body worked. One of the most unexpected things was from day 2 until around day 18 after getting my implants removed I had a cold sweat that would not stop. I would wake up at night in pools of sweat.   I know now my implants were blocking my ability to sweat and that is how you detox!! Your body detoxes by peeing, going #2, and sweating! (Yes I just typed #2 on my blog!) 😉  I want to share with all of you the next step. I know step one for healing myself was getting them removed and step 2 was diet and supplements to aid my body in healing and detoxing. I will share more about this in another blog post. (Again, click here if you want to see results and read part 2 when it is ready.

Here is also physical proof I made the right choice. Capsules form around any foreign object. It is a scar tissue to protect your body from anything foreign. In order to heal you MUST get this removed also.  I honestly don’t know why any surgeon would leave this in there anyways.  Here is my scar tissue, known as capsules. Don’t you agree that this shouldn’t be in anyone’s body? Yes gross, right? I warned you!

If you also look at my left one there is a suture which was left in my body from my original surgery and should not have been there. There was no suture on the right side and that tissue is inflamed too, so I don’t think the suture was the source of inflammation,  but I honestly believe the implants were my source.

Here is the culprit. I can’t believe now looking down a month later this was in my body.  Most people probably did not even know I had implants and yes it is bold of me to share all this on my blog but if it helps one person…. so be it. 350cc Mentor Saline under the muscle.

Again, if you are reading this I beg you. Do your research. Look at this recent news story here. Look at the MD Anderson, which now has an as specialized area for lymphoma patients that have gotten cancer from implants. Look at any of your symptoms and ask yourself, “are you reasoning with yourself that you are getting old or could there be something more going on?” Join a facebook group like “Healing Breast implants by Nicole” and connect with like-minded women. I am sharing all this on my personal blog which I primarily use for my family and business because it is something I am passionate about, so feel free to drop a comment or ask me anything. I want this shared to help other women! I look forward to getting back to the gym soon and going into 2018 with my health under control!!! If you are reading this and have also explanted, but are still sick, let me ask you this: Are you detoxing correctly? Or, are you reading this and just needing to detox from eating bad or environmental reasons? In part 2, I will share what I have done and my results. For those of that want part two, drop your email HERE to be notified. I want this to be for people who especially need help with detoxing. This is for anyone after surgery, anyone that has had poor food or water intake. In my opinion, this should be every single person that reads this post. We all need it.)

Last but not least,  look in the mirror and know that you are beautiful with or WITHOUT anything to change your physical appearance.

In hustle and health,

KD

 

 

  1. Kyria

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Kristy, Thank you for sharing! I remember when you posted the photo of you with the surgeon and your book. I remember thinking then how brave you were and reading this just re-affirmed it!
    You talked about hoping to change one person’s mind.. to save one person… I would love to tell you that you did that!
    I have always joked with my husband that I want breast implants because of my small “girls”. I am naturally very petite, but after two pregnancies, my breasts are so small… “ittie bittie” as you mentioned. I always said that the reason I never got implants was because of the cost (which is very true).. but now… no, the reason I WILL NEVER get breast implants is because of this!
    You opened my eyes to something I honestly never thought about.

    You are right, true beauty is so much more than what we see in the mirror. True beauty is who we really are.

    I have always admired you – for who you are as a mom, wife, business-owner, and woman! Sharing your story, being so vulnerable and open – this is true beauty!
    You are beautiful, always have been and always will be!

  2. Amanda K.

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Hey Kristy, I just had a friend share your blog with me as this was me in June. Dr. Rudderman was also my surgeon and the ONLY one that not only believed me but WANTED to really help me. It was a huge relief. Our after pictures of our capsules and implants look almost identical.

    I had a facebook group and so many things going on before the surgery but after was almost sick on what I did to myself, the getting the implants, and all of that, that I became less motivated to share. Although I am very open and honest when people ask “Should I get implants.” To most, it doesn’t scare them….they think “that’ll never happen to me.”

    Thank you for opening up enough to the public eye about this, as I received some backlash when I tried. A lot of doctors and plastic surgeons laughed, and tried to stop me.

    There are a LOT of us in Atlanta that have gone through this. Over the last 8 months I have been able to completely cure myself of all the autoimmune diseases those things gave me and so much more.

  3. Breanna

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Kristy – Thank you for sharing your story. As you probably know, I’m a big health and autoimmunity wellness believer and I eat a diet like yours. On the other hand, I’m a woman who lives in our culture today and I just gained so much more respect for you than I already had. I feel that over the past 20-30 years, we have turned beauty into a constant chase of perfection and it makes me sad for our daughters that we have created this standard to which natural “pretty” can hardly measure up. However, women like you and women who choose to love the body God gave them – scars, aging, loose skin, and all – are making a dent and I do hope you’re right that natural beauty is becoming “in” again. PS – I was shocked at the scar tissue. I had no idea that would develop around an implant.

  4. Cathi Smith

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I would like to know about detoxing. I am one week post explant surgery today.

  5. Paula Holloway

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Great post Kristy. I have had my implants in for longer than you and only recently started began to see the link to my health issues and implants. I explant on the 16th of this month and am working on a blog post about it as well. It’s an emotional process to put this story out into the world and I appreciate your willingness to do so as it’s only when we share our stories that they can help someone else.

    Hugs & Healing,
    Paula

  6. Shirley Christopher

    February 6th, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Great story, thank you for sharing and giving inspiration to others. Im awaiting my consultation.

  7. kimberly mcleod

    February 6th, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Thx for sharing these brave words. As women we have become shadows of our true selves. We have lost what and who we were meant to be, by trading truth for lies! Thx for reminding us all that we are beautifully designed and should shine from the inside out!

  8. Kristy Dickerson

    February 7th, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Appreciate this so much. We all need to learn to love our bodies and shelf a little more! Thank you to my fellow Red! xoxo

  9. Fran Marty

    February 9th, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Kristy,

    I just love you. Thank you for sharing your experience. As a woman
    looking right at 60 I have been considering my options regarding turning back the clock. You put me right where I need to be. Work to be healthy and consider myself to be naturally the best I can be. Thank you ❤️ Be well my friend.❤️
    Fran

  10. Fran Marty

    February 9th, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Kristy,

    I just love you. Thank you for sharing your experience. As a woman.
    looking right at 60 I have been considering my options regarding turning back the clock. You put me right where I need to be. Work to be healthy and consider myself to be naturally the best I can be. Thank you ❤️ Be well my friend.❤️
    Fran

  11. Kristy Dickerson

    February 10th, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Fran you are beautiful!!! Our best self is what we all need! Not on the outside but beauty from inside and for me that was drastic measures to get there.

  12. Lorna

    February 25th, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I have implants and it will be 10 years this year since I got them.. I have always struggles with pain from my left muscle on my side of my breast..it’s almost like as if it just never would stretch and was always tight and pulling.. the past 2 years I have felt itchy under my skin as if bugs are crawling..I have pain and burning in nipple and breast .. I have been wondering if I should have my implants removed as well.. and if I try to lift anything it’s like my breast spasms and jumps.. is this normal for implants as its done it since day 1… I like the looks of them, but pain wise and such it has not been a good experience for me.. I no longer have money like I did when I got my implants and our credit is not good so can’t really afford to go to doc or have them removed now… I feel like I’m kinda stuck… any advice on any of my stuff.. thanks..

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  14. Lim

    August 16th, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I am considering breast implants and your post really help me make my decision. Thank you for being so honest! I am goding to dig deeped into your blog and see what you have written about detoxing. In school, teachers don`t tell us but indeed we need to detox from time to time.

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