Breast Explant Surgery

I recently was contacted regarding my breast implants as they are on recall - I began the proper steps to just get myself checked out & at my mammogram/ultrasound they discovered I have one ruptured & are saying silicone is in my lymph node.  On Nov 4th I have an MRI to confirm & to see if the silicone could be anywhere else like my lungs & to see for sure what's going on with the lymph node.

Insurance most likely won't cover this procedure & I'm having to put my pride aside & ask for help - they will have to do a full capsulectomy & remove everything; all the skin will have to be removed once implants are removed....everything.  Even if insurance covers it I have a large amount out of pocket & they don't cover reconstruction (meaning the skin parts left that have to be removed) 

If silicone has in fact leaked out there's other possible long term health ramifications that we'll deal with at that time.

I've been having health issues this year - 2 rounds of bronchitis back to back, very painful pleurisy for nearly 2 months & diagnosed with apparent 'adult onset asthma'.  Along the year I've other issues arise & I was beginning to think I was mental - I'm hold 2 pro titles in bodybuilding & know my body pretty well; but little by little it's like I was shutting down - here's a timeline of what I've been dealing with & maybe now we know why sadly...

Beginning of the year:
Bronchitis 2x back to back
Diagnosed w/adult on-set asthma
Blood pressure higher

2-3 months ago:
Muscle cramps in both feet
Joint Pain
Right arm/shoulder hurting
Weird facial twitches I can't control but gets worse with stress
Weaker in the gym little by little & longer to recover even with only able to lift light
Sores in my nose
Clenching my jaw to where now my mouth is painful
Sweating to freezing in a matter of seconds & vise versa
Light sensitivity - things seem much brighter & it hurts at times especially at night
Heart palpitations

2-3 weeks ago:
Headache almost daily
Loss of appetite
Head in a daze like when you have the flu 
Skin sensitivity to touch (just in last few days)
Body aches / drained 

My history:

About 12 yrs ago I had saline implants put in due to a severe cosmetic issue post 4 children & at year 9 (2016) one ruptured; causing me to have to replace them - the surgeon recommended the Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant which now has been linked to hundreds of cases of the rare cancer of the immune system - BIA-ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma), women have lost their lives because of this,  as well as many other health related issues!

At this time we are questioning if all my health issues since the beginning of 2019 could be from my implants.  I now apparently have adult on-set asthma after 2 severe rounds of bronchitis & am living off of inhalers  & a few more minor concerns I've been dealing with - muscle fatigue/soreness/muscle cramping/twitches in my face, joint pain & general fatigue that's gotten more prevalent over the last couple of weeks.

My days in the gym get further between them because my recovery appears to be harder & I'm getting more limited as to what I can do because of the asthma & muscle fatigue.


I have full intentions of paying it forward with any funds not used to someone else that needs explant surgery due to the rare cancer - it's only the honorable thing to do is help someone else in need & scared for what the future might bring; especially if this recall becomes more serious than it already has.  As of now all of my type of implants have been removed from the market & all Dr's are to send back any in office...I have a great surgeon I'm trusting & he's all about my health being #1 priority!

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Cindy Leach 
Rosharon, TX
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