Personal Stories


Augmentation Patients

  • Beatrice R. Because I am the athletic type, I chose small implants. Without my consent, the surgeon implanted me with the whopping 450cc, about twice the size I wanted. I was a teacher and felt ridiculous and deformed after the surgery.
  • Kaylee Silcox: A Letter to My 20 Year-Old Self Read Kaylee’s letter to herself when she was twenty years old before she decided to get breast implants to improve her self esteem.
  • Karen McDougal Read the story of another Playboy Playmate, Karen McDougal who removed her implants after they made her sick.
  • Tammi H. Getting my implants removed was the best decision I ever made. My worst decision was getting them in the first place. My body apparently has been fighting these foreign objects for at least 10 of the 12 years that I had them, causing a major autoimmune response.
  • Dollie Voyles My name is Dollie Voyles and I am 48 years old. I’ve had  3 sets of breast implants over the past 21 years, starting in 1995.
  • Jamee Cook In 1998, I made a decision that changed my life forever: to get breast implants. It wasn’t anyone’s decision but mine. I was a confident young woman, but I guess felt like my femininity was lacking due to my AA breasts. Hindsight sure changes our perspectives, though.
  • Chandra DeAlessandro My name is Chandra DeAlessandro. My 27-year struggle with “Last a Lifetime” implants has been a long journey.
  • Shirl I’m a 29 year old woman who got McGhan textured saline implants in 1996 for cosmetic reasons.
  • Karen D Five years ago I decided to have saline implants put in. My surgeon had very positive things to say about them and said they would last a lifetime unless I happened to get in a very bad car accident.
  • Melinda Cloud I am here today with an unpleasant, yet very necessary story to tell regarding my experiences with saline breast implants. Were it not considered highly inappropriate I would bare my chest to you now; for seeing with your own eyes would have a greater impact than my words.
  • Patty Faussett The risks were much greater than he lead me to believe. My world crashed in January 1998, only eight months after getting my saline implants.
  • Rose Over the last few years I have became intolerant of most chemicals. I can’t consume or breathe any chemical. When I am exposed accidentally, my nose swells shut, I feel nauseous, headache worsens, and my heart acts up.
  • Judy Kemecsei I asked the doctor if they were safe and he said “yes, I would not have put them in my wife if they were not safe.”
  • Beth I had studied information about breast implants for a long time, so I was pretty confident I knew all the ups and downs as far as local complications, etc. I had read the stories about the silicone gel problems but thought those issues had been corrected by the use of saline. I did not know that the shell of all implants is made of silicone. They don’t tell you these things during the sales pitch.
  • Mary McDonough From 1971 until 1981, I portrayed Erin on The Waltons. I was told that bigger breasts would make me sexier. I was advised to get breast implants, but I was reluctant. I carefully considered it, asking the doctors all the usual questions about risks. The plastic surgeon told me that they were safe and would last a lifetime.
  • Kacey Long I received my saline breast implants when I was 19.
  • Jane Thompson Around 3 months after getting the implants, other major symptoms appeared: chest pain, uncontrollable tremors, vertigo, widespread severe muscle/joint pain, symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, difficultly swallowing, drooling, liver pain, loss of peripheral vision, symptoms of interstitial cystitis, severe skin tightness, face pain/lock jaw, vomiting, diarrhea, and dry throat/eyes.
  • Chelsea C. I was 38 years old in 2008 when I decided to get Mentor MemoryGel breast implants.
  • Sharon Schwengler I was implanted in 2005 and explanted 2 months ago. When I was considering implants, I asked my plastic surgeon what complications could occur. He simply said capsular contracture or they could rupture or leak
  • Susan Helman The eventual rupture of the implant allows this gel to travel throughout the entire body, including crossing the blood/brain barrier. Once the silicone gel has spread throughout the body there is NO way to remove it!
  • Pete Dorsey Susan and I have been together since 1999 and, until she became a participant in the silicone breast implant study, she was extremely healthy, physically active, very confident and a lot of fun to be around. In 2005, almost immediately after she had her existing saline breast implants replaced with silicone implants, her health, her life and my life began to change.
  • Susan Dorsey I met with Dr. Kenneth Hagan, at Vanderbilt, who recommended that I enroll in the silicone implant trial there. I paid my $6,000 and enrolled.

Reconstruction Patients

  • Raylene Hollrah I am Raylene Hollrah, a 2-time cancer survivor by the age of 40. Here is my story.
  • Eileen Swanson I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in May 1988, after which I had a modified radical mastectomy. In July of 1989, the doctors (including a cancer researcher) determined that I was at high risk for a second primary tumor in the other breast, and I made the decision to have a prophylactic contralateral mastectomy with implants.
  • Wanda Shatley I was diagnosed with a precancerous tumor in 1987, and after a lumpectomy I used McGhan silicone gel implants. I developed aches and pains, eye problems and a general feeling of unwellness within 2 years, and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1992.
  • Pam Noonan-Saraceni I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy in 1978. I was just 25 years old at the time.
  • Anne Stansell I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at the age of 39. The doctor said I needed mastectomies, radiation therapy, and breast implants. Implants were just part of the treatment, no discussion. I trusted the doctors who I felt had just saved my life.
  • Kathy Nye I know from experience that silicone gel implants will adversely affect the lives of many people if they are approved based on just a few years of safety data. Not only are the women who would be implanted at risk, but also there is a trickle down effect, affecting the whole family.
  • Carolyn Wolf There were no problems in the beginning. By the seventh year, burning, blister-like growths started on my neck and boil-like growths on my forehead. Sixteen years after, three days were spent in ICU because of severe burning chest pains.
  • Carol Remshard In 1974, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy. I had six weeks of radiation, and six months later, I had another six weeks of radiation because of a recurrence.
  • Karen Mackenzie I had a double mastectomy when I was 30 years old – this was after I had to endure 9 operations to remove various lumps caused by abnormal cells in my breasts. A few months later, I had silicone gel breast implants inserted.
  • Judy McCaul I was interested in having a flap surgery using my own tissue but since there wasn’t any surgeon versed in doing a free-flap in my area (in my state at that time), I wasn’t opposed to having implants since I was assured they were safe.