Written by: Reni Guedes
This is my daughter Reni’s Instagram post about her journey dealing with illness for years to discovering that part of her illness was the effects of BII “breast plant illness” and that it is a real illness that so many women have and have dealt with. Maybe it is something you are dealing with or never knew existed, but either way, it is very informative.
This is not something I planned on sharing, especially given what is happening in this world right now. I feel like my situation is so minute compared to others but, it is my life and it has been really difficult for the past few years.
Many don’t know that I’ve been severely ill with an unknown/invisible illness for 5 years and bedridden on and off for two and a half years. I don’t even want to get into the specifics of all the things I’ve done and doctors I’ve seen, but we got to a point that the doctors turned me away because there were no more tests to do.
Quite a few times I had people bring up my breast implants. For those who don’t know, I had a breast augmentation in 2015 for obvious reasons and that’s around the time I slowly started having health problems. With that said, there’s a growing community, advocating for Breast Implant Illness (BII). Now, this has been around for a long time but of course, the medical community will not recognize it. That would be admitting that surgeons are placing toxic bags into women’s bodies, knowing they cause autoimmune responses. I won’t go into the specifics of BII but I’m open to speaking about it with anyone/everyone.
Two months ago I got my breast implants removed. I did not know that I had textured implants (Siltex Mentor Saline Submuscular) and they were confirmed voluntarily recalled, seeping, and are also linked with BIA ALCL. This is a lymphoma cancer that is caused by breast implants and it can only be diagnosed during the removal of your implants via tissue samples of the capsule that forms around your implant(s).
This post is not entirely specific to my story but to spread awareness of the dangers of breast implants, implants of any kind, and plastic surgery in general. Guys, these things are not supposed to be in our bodies. It’s only natural for our body to have an autoimmune response to them! Think of a splinter…your body will naturally push it out if it can. If not, it gets swollen and infected. How do we view implants differently?
“Boobs have nothing to do with WHO YOU ARE.”
Knowing what I know now, I try not to beat myself up over the choice I made 5 years ago to get breast implants. I just wanted to do something to “make myself feel better”. But in reality, insecurities jump. And boy, did they.
I’m only 2 months post-op. Some things have gotten better but my worst symptoms will take time. I do believe this is the cause of my illness, given the timing and the similar stories of hundreds of thousands of women with BII. I do find myself discouraged often because I yearn for health again but I know, my healing has just begun.
If you have implants, I don’t want you to think this post is here to make you feel bad about your decision or that I frown upon what you do with your body. Just know that they are not safe, you could find yourself “sick” at some point (if you haven’t already) and be prepared for an extensive surgery every 10 years.
Also, I don’t understand why we sexualize breasts? Is it taught? Learned? Something we relate to from infancy? Breast are literally fat and milk ducts. Their sole purpose is to provide nourishment to our children. When they “sag” and/or “deflate”, we tend to not feel ourselves and want to “fix” our bodies. Ladies! Oh my goodness. Boobs have nothing to do with WHO YOU ARE. Gosh, you are amazing and so loved and perfect regardless of appearance. Men, please, uplift women, speak light into who they are and not their appearance. We women beat ourselves up over how we look!