Cancer Survivor Very GRATEFUL!

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Susan Smith  DES MOINES, IA
Please do take a few minutes to read my story and the research on the dangers of breast implants below then -head for my video updates archives above and subscribe to my channel on youtube here: www.youtube.com/surgeryforsusan.

UPDATE:  I've been sharing updates over the past few months as my health improves since getting the silicone removed from my body on April 30th, 2015. The surgery went great and I spent several days post surgery recoverying at the beautiful Atlanta Hospitality House.

After returning home and two weeks post surgery  I developed a very rare adverse effect when the local nurse here removed the surgical drains and caused an internal bleed that left me in emergency surgery having lost over 30% of my blood volume. It was a close call. 

So - between the silicone toxicity, mold, fungas and blood loss it has been a long, drawn out process to get where I am. After over 15 years of declining health and being near death I AM getting better; my health IS improving. And this is all because of your support - THANK YOU! 

Please do take a few minutes to read my story and the research on the dangers of breast implants below then -head for my video updates archives above or at youtube here: www.youtube.com/surgeryforsusan.

THANK YOU AGAIN for your encouragement and your financial support.

I have a long ways to go and continue to need your help.

Won't you please consider a repeating monthly gift to help me finish this? 

Currently my monthly expenses for supplements to support and restore my health are in the vicinity of 200-400. One month it was over 600..

The prognosis is that this part of the journey can take 1-2 years to resolve the silicone poisoning, fungas, mold, immune system and other issues caused by the breast implants I was told were safe. 

And none of this is covered by my insurance. 

My daughter has committed to helping me as much as she can to the point of draining her retirement account. She's been working overtime but that is not guarenteed to always be the case. My reserves have been depleted. It is only with your help that I will be able to make sure I'm able to finish this and restore my health. 

Thank you you for helping me get the surgery that saved my life and thank you for your support as I travel the path back to health! 

MY STORY....

I survived the breast cancer. Won't you help me to survive this? My body is rejecting the silicone implants used in the reconstruction.  I was a participant in the 2006 study that targeted breast cancer patients to help put silicone breast implants back on the market. My complaints about ill health were dismissed and not reported by my surgeon or other doctors; I never once heard from the manufacturer for follow up and my attempts to contact them have been in vain. Insurance covered the treatment for the cancer and reconstructive surgery but there is no insurance coverage to remove the implants that are making me ill nor will the study I was in cover it. 

I survived the cancer. 

Won't you help me survive this?

Text: Symptoms of Silicone Toxicity 

I'm a cancer survivor, yes, but more importantly, I'm a Mom to two very awesome adults and Nana to a amazing young man. 

Text: Allergan, Mentor (stocks) rise after silicone implants OKd (Nov.2006)

This fundraiser is to help me have the surgery and medical care required to get the implants out, restore my health and allow me to reclaim my life.

Text: FDA Questions Studies of Breast Implant Safety - Ongoing Safety Studies Have Lost as Many as 79% of Enrolled Patients  (Aug.2011)

Excerpt: Aug. 30, 2011 -- A panel of expert advisors to the FDA has been asked to solve a mystery: What happened to thousands of women who enrolled in studies designed to evaluate rare complications that might arise years after they received silicone gel breast implants?

The answer to that question? 

I'm right here. 

I've never heard from the manufacturer who did this study  and my efforts to contact them have been ignored. In fact, the company than manufactured my implants, McGhan, is now defunct. My surgeon did not record my complaints of declining health and basically dismissed me. 

If I don't get this surgery my health will continue to decline, I will experience more advanced disability and possibly, an early death from any number of complications, including new cancers.

VIDEO: Absolutely Safe: Dr. Edward Melmed at the FDA on Breast Implant Risk (1:46)

Having silicone breast implants is a game of chance; it's like russian roulette. I've missed the bullet so far but every day that these toxic things remain in my body is a gamble for my life. 

With surgery, the prognosis to get my life back and restore my health is very good.


I love life and am always hopeful and grateful for every day I have but my strength is quickly fading as my body reacts to the toxic fungus left behind by the leaking saline implants and rejects the silicone implants I received following the breast cancer. 

Your donation, large or small, will make all the difference and help me to get my life back and get back to the life I had and doing the things I Iove with those I love. 

In 1999 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy that took all of the breast tissue and lymph nodes on my right side. In 2000 my left breast was removed following discovery of another lump that was, fortunately, not cancerous but done as a preventive measure. In 2001 I began the long painful process of months of tissue expansion in preparation for saline breast implants that I was told were completely safe.

VIDEO: Dr. Susan Kolb on Saline Implants and Biotoxins, Neurological problems, Endorcrine System Disruption, Fatigue and Impact on Immune System (11:14)

In early 2006 I noticed that the right implant was leaking into my body and agreed to replace the defective saline filled implants with the newest gel silicone implants. My surgeon again assured me that these "new and improved" silicone implants were completely safe, unlike the early versions that caused silicone to be removed from the market in 1992. 

Unfortunately - the mold that was found on the saline implants that were removed during this surgery was not addressed. In addition my body started reacting badly to the new silicone implants almost immediately.

Over the next several years my health continued to decline as I struggled with numerous immune, endocrine, digestive and nervous system issues. 

VIDEO: Dr. Susan Kolb on Silicone Implants, the source of Fibromyalgia, other auto immune disease and lymphoma (6:28)

Once active, ambitous and full of life, my health has severely declined year by year.

The things that I used to take for granted like going for a long walk, being outdoors during the summer months,working in my garden, riding my bike, walking, running and swimming are no longer possible. Your donation will help me to have hope that one day I will be able to do these things again. 

This fundraiser is intended to help me travel, with one support person, to a specialist who has helped multitudes of other women to recover from this deadly and crippling mold and silicone toxicity.

The bottom line is this surgery and post-surgery health care will allow me to begin to heal and restore my health and my life.

Please give what you can, as often as you can and share where you can; I truly cannot do this without you. 

WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL DO

3,200 Surgeon

3,300 Outpatient Surgical Facility

1,300 Anesthesia

​ 125 Ultrasound

 1000 Lymph node biopsy  

1,100 transportation, food and lodging to travel to Atlanta for the surgery by car with her surgery support person. (Note: An additional 1500 would allow for round trip plane travel and related expenses for 2 persons)

2,500 1 year of prescriptions/medical care to detoxify from the toxic impact of the silicone and mold

1, 068 Fundraiser site and credit card fees of 7.9%

Total estimated cost: $13, 593.00


A NOTE...

I am determined to continue to pay forward what you help me to achieve. There are thousands of breast cancer survivors and other women who are suffering from these same diseases related to both the saline and silicone implants, whose lives have been devastatingly impacted. All funds over the amount required for my own surgery will be directed toward helping other women to make this journey back to health.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BREAST IMPLANTS

VIDEO: Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Susan Kolb on Saline and Silicone Implants; Silicone Implants are Prone to Leakage of Cancer-Causing, Neurotoxic Agents (50:33)

AUDIO: Radio 3Fourteen - Susan Kolb - Breast Implants, Silicone Toxicity & 21st Century Diseases (53:46)

TEXT: Scientific evidence proves that: Silicone breast implants can produce autoimmune illnesses. (1996)

VIDEO: Dr. Micheal Jennings, DC on Silicone Toxicity and Detoxification (5:26)

TEXT: Breast Implants: A Research and Regulatory Summary (2012)

WEBSITE: Explant Info A Positive Community Providing Women With Loving Support, Education and Practical Advice On All Breast Implant and Explant Related Topics

BOOK: The Naked Truth About Breast Implants; From Harm to Healing by Dr. Susan E. Kolb

Petition: Breast Implants and Women's Health: A Silenced Epidemic (The Implant Awareness Campaign is an international movement promoting medical transparency and accountability through advocacy and grassroots initiatives. The primary focus of this campaign is to increase awareness of immunological contraindications to medical devices and to provide safety recommendations that address substandard failure rates.)

Lana Merriam passed away in 2014 but her story and her work will go on to impact others. Read about how silicone implants impacted not only her life and health but that of her children here

TEXT: Breast Implants: The Ticking Time Bomb In Millions Of Women’s Bodies

TEXT: National Center for Health Research: What you need to know about breast implants


Thank you for helping me fight and win this battle for my health and my life as I knew it and thank you for helping to bring awareness to these issues. 

Video: This woman had her implants removed 2 years ago. 

TEXT: Anne Ziegenhorn tells her story of struggle with breast implants, how her doctors couldn't find what was wrong and Dr Susan Kolb helped her start to turn things around. 


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Update 14
Posted by Susan Smith
10 months ago
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Well....today a quick update on whats been happening and an invitation to follow me at my youtube channel for future updates here: https://youtu.be/8M5YPfr1Y_k

Well...it's been a helluva ride this past year! Whew! Lots of ups and downs including mold in my apartment that left me homeless for two months.

Sounds extreme, huh? Yup.

I was getting better but not staying better. Basically the mold that was in my HVAC system was re-poisening me 24 hours a day and the end of February I walked out and left everything behind.

Why? Because the experts who have done the research and experienced mold illness have shown that by taking personal possessions from a home that has developed mold - especially for us who are super sensitive/allergic to mold - have a big chance of cross-contaminating the new home.

I couldn't afford to re-establish housekeeping more than once so I left. Everything.

And it worked.

It has taken me over 6 months to get the medicine that I needed to get better from this because my insurance required a prior authorization and most doctors are unfamiliar with mold illness.

So I waited and jumped through the hoops and finally got what I needed last week and am starting to feel better again. I'm in a new apartment and slowly starting to feel better and fingers crossed this time I stay that way!!

So again - thank you for helping me to do what I could not do alone. Your gifts have given me my life back.

I'm hoping to be able to send out some personal notes over the next weeks/months....just know that I haven't forgotten you. I've been fighting for my life this entire time and feel like I truly am starting to see the "other side" in a lasting way.

In the meantime - please subscribe at my youtube channel for updates. I'll be sharing my own story as well as some exciting news about an organization that has formed over the past year that I want to tell you about :) You can find that channel here: https://youtu.be/8M5YPfr1Y_k

In total and complete gratitude always,

Susan

PS

Please subscribe at my youtube channel for updates here: https://youtu.be/8M5YPfr1Y_k

Please go to youtube to subscribe!
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Update 13
Posted by Susan Smith
15 months ago
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A quick update, a couple of products I buy with your gifts, and a link to the symptoms of Breast Implant Ilness (BII). Thank you again - with your help I'm getting BETTER!!!!!!!
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Update 12
Posted by Susan Smith
15 months ago
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A quick video update to send wishes for a wonderful holiday season and making sure that 2016 will be different for me!
Happy holidays and thank you!
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Update 11
Posted by Susan Smith
16 months ago
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A quick update today…..a short note and a photo of the implants that were removed from my body so heads up….it's not pretty!

I've not been up to doing much of anything again lately; life is slow and the focus is resting, eating well and waiting for the anitfungals to do their job.

The mold created by the leaking saline implants (2001-2006) has been a real bugger to deal with. The silicone toxins that poisoned my body for 8 years since then (2006-2014) continues to cause problems although I am clearly GETTING BETTER!

SO while I AM feeling better it is clear that the journey is not over and the war is not yet won so thank you for your ongoing support!

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For those of you who have never seen the implants that Dr Julian Gordon removed from my body - and thereby saving my life because I literally felt as though and believed I was dying a slow toxic, painful death….this stuff is no joke. Thank you to everyone who funded my campaign to get these things out of my body. YOU saved my life.

My best and in gratitude always….

Until next time!

Susan

PS please remember…the implants are out but each day is a battle for my body that requires organic food (I have developed many food and chemical sensitivities and allergies) and numerous supplements each and every day to support my immune system, my liver as it processes all the toxins and so much more.

Please consider supporting me again this month and if you can - please consider setting up a repeating donation via my go fund account. My current expenses are running between 200-600 every month.

Again - in gratitude always and forever.

Remember….

YOU saved my life and because of you I am able to say I can again have a life.

Thank you.

For more information regarding FDA actions by The Implant Truth Survivors Committee please visit: www.titscommittee.org
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Iris Marchand
16 months ago
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Good evening Ms. Susan. I just opened my email to your video presentation. I'm so glad that you're feeling a thousand times better. I'll keep you in my prayers and I'll donate soon. God bless!

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Beatrice Ring
21 months ago
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It's breaking my heart to read of your suffering and desperation to find help to remove the implants. I saw SO many cases like yours, mine and many all suffering from the same scam - implants are not compatible with the human matrix. I find that women with breast cancer are served with the hardest experience, because they are lucky enough to survive one ordeal, and they get implanted with a device that is not compatible with the human body. Not just you, NO ONE. Please share your story on Silicone Breast Implants Survivors and make sure you line up an explant that includes EN BLOCK procedure, otherwise no healing can happen. Sending much love and courage, from one survivor to another. Beatrice Ring

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Rebecca Smith
26 months ago
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You are getting closer and closer. Keep going

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Marcy Lipscomb
26 months ago
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Light and love to you-good luck

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Deborah Stolar
28 months ago
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Many prayers for you to reach your goal and get your health back soon!!!

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Susan Smith
15 months ago

Beatrice….for some reason I missed the notification that you had been here. Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. And yes. Cancer survivors deserver better. We all do but as you said what a nightmare to survive cancer only to lose my life - 15 years - to being ill from implants. Together we can make a difference. The internet allows us to organize in a way not possible for previous actions. Very grateful for your words of support.

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Susan Smith
15 months ago

Iris….thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I am so grateful to be on this side of things and for your help to travel this path! Thank you!

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Susan Smith
26 months ago

Thank you for your encouraging words, Rebecca. Yes. I have full hope that I will get there. I'm grateful for your support. :)

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Susan Smith
26 months ago

Thank you, Deborah and Marcy….I am so very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received and appreciate your notes! Hearts to you both!

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Iris Marchand
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Good evening Ms. Susan. I just opened my email to your video presentation. I'm so glad that you're feeling a thousand times better. I'll keep you in my prayers and I'll donate soon. God bless!

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Beatrice Ring
21 months ago
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It's breaking my heart to read of your suffering and desperation to find help to remove the implants. I saw SO many cases like yours, mine and many all suffering from the same scam - implants are not compatible with the human matrix. I find that women with breast cancer are served with the hardest experience, because they are lucky enough to survive one ordeal, and they get implanted with a device that is not compatible with the human body. Not just you, NO ONE. Please share your story on Silicone Breast Implants Survivors and make sure you line up an explant that includes EN BLOCK procedure, otherwise no healing can happen. Sending much love and courage, from one survivor to another. Beatrice Ring

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Rebecca Smith
26 months ago
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You are getting closer and closer. Keep going

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Marcy Lipscomb
26 months ago
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Light and love to you-good luck

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Deborah Stolar
28 months ago
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Many prayers for you to reach your goal and get your health back soon!!!

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Susan Smith
15 months ago

Beatrice….for some reason I missed the notification that you had been here. Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. And yes. Cancer survivors deserver better. We all do but as you said what a nightmare to survive cancer only to lose my life - 15 years - to being ill from implants. Together we can make a difference. The internet allows us to organize in a way not possible for previous actions. Very grateful for your words of support.

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Susan Smith
15 months ago

Iris….thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I am so grateful to be on this side of things and for your help to travel this path! Thank you!

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Susan Smith
26 months ago

Thank you for your encouraging words, Rebecca. Yes. I have full hope that I will get there. I'm grateful for your support. :)

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Susan Smith
26 months ago

Thank you, Deborah and Marcy….I am so very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received and appreciate your notes! Hearts to you both!

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