Yaremi M.'s Story
“Resuming the way implants impacted my life is not easy. I spent 10 years wishing to die. I spent my 20s going to hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, chiropractors and more. In my 20s, I should have been living my best life and having fun.“
Yaremi was only 18 when she got her breast implants, but it wasn’t until she was in her early twenties that she began experiencing breast implant illness symptoms. Dealing with Trigeminal Neuralgia, hormonal imbalances, food allergies and so much more, Yaremi was in and out of hospitals, rehabs, doctor appointments and so much more for most of her twenties.
Tell us about your explant journey.
I used to wake up at night feeling like I was dying which is one of BII symptoms. The day after my explant surgery I woke up happy and less anxious. I was able to fill my lungs with air. Within a week my heart palpitations stopped and the color of my skin returned. After being treated for my symptoms and not the root of the problem for so many years, now I know this was it and that soon I will heal.
What type of implants did you have?
Smooth Saline 425CC
What surgeon did you explant with?
When did you begin to experience symptoms?
What symptoms did you have?
Join pain and swelling
Feeling like dying
How did breast implants impact your life?
I had just turned 18 years old when I got breast augmentation. I completely ignored the fact that I was interrupting my development. My bones and muscles were compromised and I ended up having scoliosis and a reversed cervical curve.
I was 20 years old when I got a terrible headache one day accompanied with skin hives all over my body. Ever since that day my life went to hell. I started visiting all kinds of specialists, none of which could figure out what I had. They simply treated me for symptoms and prescribed me all kinds of meds that I NEVER TOOK. I wasn't looking for relief, I was looking for a cure.
At age of 25 I removed a pituitary tumor due to hormonal imbalance. I cannot blame everything on the implants, but if that was a pre-existing condition in my body, I'm sure the implants made it worse.
I became allergic to literally everything. I had to stop eating gluten in 2014 (I guess that wasn't so bad after all) I would get trigeminal neuralgia episodes once a week. I was depressed, anxious and felt weak every single day. I couldn't keep studying because It was hard to focus and all wanted to do was get home from work and sleep. I stopped going out with friends and family. I just couldn't stand being surrounded by people having fun while I was feeling so bad and couldn't keep up.
At age of 29 I had a major double jaw surgery because my chin became weak because I became a mouth breather due to having implants impacting my lungs. 3 months later I had TMJ surgery. The doctor found lots of chronic swelling in my left "face" joint. That's when I connected the dots and realized the swelling was coming from somewhere else.
Resuming the way implants impacted my life is not easy. I spent 10 years wishing to die. I spent my 20s going to hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, chiropractors and more. In my 20s, I should have been living my best life and having fun.
What was surgery like for you?
It was definitely painful, but worth it! My implants were extremely stuck to my rib cage, armpits and chest walls.
How are you doing now, after explant?
I feel alive!! I don't bite or peel my nail polish off because I'm not so anxious. I wake up happy, even though I have days where I find myself emotional for everything I went through. I feel more confident with my body. I know 12 years of toxins will leave my body bit by bit, not all at once. I am still healing and looking forward to living a healthier and happier life.
What would you like women who are considering explant to know?
You will have other people tell you it is not your implants, but you should know better. Listen to your body! Even if you don't have symptoms like mine your body has been rejecting them since the moment you put them in and it is a matter of time until your health declines and then you will wish you did it sooner.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
What tried to break me actually reinvented me.