Photo by Ashleigh Taylor Portrait
After publishing her first book, Bittersweet©, in October 2018, Holly thought her journey was over and honestly she was looking forward to taking a break from talking about her breasts. Breast reconstruction had given her closure to her breast cancer journey and she thought that was the end of the story…but it wasn’t.
About two months after her implants were placed in 2016, Holly began to complain to her doctors about new and strange symptoms that she was dealing with. “It’s the after effects of chemo and the multiple surgeries,” she was told. “It’s just menopause,” Another doctor insisted. “It is probably just your age.” Said an oncologist of the then 48 year old. For over two years, Holly went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out why her health was declining. It wasn’t until a new friend and fellow breast cancer survivor, Kathleen, tagged Holly in a Facebook post about Breast Implant Illness that she started to get answers. Holly joined the FB page, Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole and found over 77,000 women from all over the world sharing their symptoms, photos, and explant success stories.
Bye, Bye Boobs©, Holly’s second book, is the sequel to Bittersweet© and continues her breast cancer journey and discovery that the “gummy bear” cohesive silicone gel breast implants that gave her back her breasts were actually making her sick and the cause of over 40 unexplained symptoms. Holly was never warned that breast implants could cause an autoimmune reaction and debilitating illness in her body. She was also not told about the risk of contracting an emerging cancer caused solely by implants. BIA-ALCL (Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma) has killed 19 women and there are currently over 700 diagnosed cases.
Over 400,000 women a year in the US alone are being implanted with these devices without enough information for informed consent. The FDA is currently grappling with what to do about the growing concerns and complaints about breast implants. Bye, Bye Boobs© will chronicle the process of discovering breast implant illness, explanting the devices, and what it is like emotionally and physically to go through a second breast reconstruction, and living with a completely flat chest. Holly’s explant was completed on May 17, 2019, so you can follow her journey to reclaim her health on Facebook or Instagram (links below).
If you currently have saline or silicone, smooth or textured, breast or butt implants, or you are considering getting them. Please do your research, so you can be well informed of the risks. For more information about breast implant illness, please go to: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/ or join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Healingbreastimplantillness/
All photos on this site were taken by Wiley Thrasher, Holly's husband and best friend unless credited otherwise.