Nat, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, decided to speak out after she got breast enlargement surgery – and spent six years in what she says was agony to a point where it was ‘unbearable to the point of suicide.’
She underwent surgery in June of this year to remove them - and now says; “now, my breasts may be tiny, but they are mine. “They aren’t poisoning me anymore.”
Nat said, “I feel like the plastic surgeons sold me a dream and I bought it. “The price I paid was my health. “I was hospitalised when the whole left side of my face and body went numb and practically lost capacity to use this side of my body.
“I saw every expert under the sun - doctors, naturopaths, specialists, therapists and so many more.“I had blood drawn, a spinal tap, tests ran, countless dollars spent, all to be told I was perfectly healthy but I knew something was not right.
“Every-day I woke up feeling like I had a bad hangover, with extreme fatigue, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and severe anxiety that left me housebound, which then led to panic attacks.
“The list of what I was feeling was endless - I began to have burning and tingling sensations in my extremities, acid reflux, muscle weaknesses, alongside chronic headaches and constant joint pain.
“I constantly experienced nausea, insomnia, memory loss, food intolerances, inflammation and the list goes on. “I was neither too emotional, nor too dramatic, I was sick and I knew it.
“I felt like I was in constant flight or fight mode and as the years went on, the symptoms got worse and things were becoming unbearable to the point that I was contemplating suicide. “If this was the quality of life I was going to have for the rest of my life then I didn’t want it.”
Natalie refused to believe doctors who had dismissed her concerns, and began to research into what could be causing her illness. As she began to reach out to other girls who also had similar symptoms, she became sure that her breast implants were to blame.
Natalie said, “I was linked to a Facebook group with over 70,000 girls all going through the same thing, they were suffering from the same symptoms, having the same issues and concerns. “The more I researched and uncovered, the more angry, disappointed and concerned I became.
“I could not believe that my breast implants could cause me to be so sick neurologically, optically, and compromise my entire immune system from my muscles, nerves to my joints. “I asked my breast surgeon if he believed in breast implant illness, as many doctors are sceptical. “Yet he told me he had heard of so many cases, he couldn’t deny it.
“On the sixth of February, the FDA announced that all implants, saline or silicone can cause a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma called BIA - ALCL, which is a form of cancer of the immune system. “I don't believe this isn’t rare, it’s just going undiagnosed.
“To find out the implants that I have in my body have been recalled in Australia and announced contaminated, linked to cancer of the immune system (BIA-ALCL) was terrifying.
“I had the toxic foreign death bags removed from my body last month. “As soon as I woke up and took a deep breath, it felt like I hadn’t been able to breathe properly in six years!
“Six years ago I thought breast implants were the best decision of my life and a year ago I thought I was going to die. “Now, my boobs are not slowly killing me - they are not compromising my immune system – my boobs are natural.”