Addicts and Angels: Helping Gigi heal from Breast Implant Illness

When you think of breast implants, images of buxom babes with amazing cleavage are probably what come to mind. But these days, when I think of breast implants, all I can think of is illness, pain, suffering and sadness. It’s one person’s struggle that has open my eyes this issue: my dear friend Gigi Boskovski.

When I first met Gigi nearly 10 years ago, she was a petite ball of energy with a sharp tongue, a cartoon voice, and a sarcastic sense of humor. It was that humor and our mutual love of animals that bonded us initially, and a Vegas bachelorette party that turned us into friends for life. We would drink, dance and laugh at the various bars she worked at and the parties our friends threw. We would judge everyone around us as equally as we annoyed anyone around us. I would marvel at her anti-gravity boobs and she would laugh at me with a “DUH! THEY’RE FAKE” comment at the ready.

Back then we had no idea that those booby boosting bags of fluid were going to tear Gigi’s life apart.

When Gigi was 20, she underwent reconstructive surgery, including implants, to correct a genetic deformity in her breasts, to make them “normal”.  She lived normally, not realizing what was happening within her own body.

For years Gigi experienced various health issues, but all were “livable”. That is, until they weren’t.

Over the past 7 years, Gigi’s health has deteriorated drastically. She suffers daily from a staggering list of symptoms, including but not limited to the following:

*chronic fatigue

*severe breast burning, itching and pain (unable to lift arm and stretch, exercise)

*vertigo and dizziness

*vision loss in dark & sensitivity to light

*heart palpitations

*heavy metal toxicity (mercury, lead, thallium, tin – 2 rounds of meds to remove with no relief)

*bladder issues and severe pain

*severe heat intolerance

*brain fog, loss of words and memories

*infected lymph nodes under arms with rashes

*joint pain & stiffness, muscle pain

These issues have destroyed her ability to work and support herself. They’ve hindered her ability to socialize. She can no longer volunteer with animals (one of her life’s greatest passions). My friend Gigi is a shadow of her former self.

No one could tell her what was going on with her body. Doctors gave her prescriptions, waving off her concerns and dealing with one symptom at a time. She continued to suffer in near silence, with only her closest friends and family knowing what she was going through.

Until a desperate conversation offered a glimmer of hope.

One night, suffering from agonizing breast pain, Gigi reached out to a friend to vent. She brought up a term Gigi had never heard before: Breast Implant Illness. One website and a Facebook support group later, Gigi learned that literally thousands of women (over 18,000 in one group alone) were suffering from the same symptoms she was. Reading story after story, asking question after question; finally Gigi felt validation. Her health issues could have a root cause, and there was a potential solution: a breast explant.

In September Gigi will be traveling to the U.S. to undergo explant surgery with a world renowned surgeon and BII advocate Dr. Feng. The surgery will cost her thousands, and her kind and supportive father is spending every last dollar he has to help save his daughter’s life.

But we can help.

Donate to Gigi’s Gofundme today. Her heart is huge, and once she is healthy she will make a difference in this world by donating her own time and energy to the causes closest to her heart: advocacy for animal and women’s rights and health and wellness.

Some of you may not be able to muster sympathy for Gigi and women like her. It was these women’s choice to undergo breast augmentation, you may say. But there is a multitude of reasons as to why women get implants. Reconstruction after the ravages of childbirth, rebuilding breasts after a mastectomy, coping with self-esteem issues, pleasing a husband or partner, or actually just wanting bigger breasts; these issues and more are what drive women to put bags of fluid into their bodies.

We are all told that breast implants are perfectly safe.

But more and more evidence is coming to light that may prove that’s not the case.

Thousands of women around the world are suffering because of our skewed views of what women’s bodies “should” look like. Women may choose to get implants, but it’s the world we live in that makes them believe they “need” them.

The medical community, aside from a few members, are not acknowledging that BII is real. Breast augmentations represent a huge revenue stream. They are also leading us into a massive health crisis. Women every day are suffering, and those who can afford to explant spend tens of thousands of dollars, simply to reclaim their lives.

That’s all that Gigi is trying to do. And we can help her do it.

I will be writing a more in-depth article on Breast Implant Illness, but for now, join us Addicts and be an angel by donating to Gigi’s campaign today.

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
Nadia Elkharadly