Educating Women and Their Communities About Risks of Breast Implants
Breast Implants, an Overview
Every year, more than 400,000 women and teens undergo breast implant surgeries. source And some women get sick, including Breast Implant Illness (BII) or a lymphoma called Breast Implant Illness Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Some women get sick immediately. For others, it takes years.
Despite a successful career in health care and outside sales, Jane Rimer felt a breast augmentation would help further her career. Ten years ago, she chose to get breast implants. Although she did research and inquired about their risks, she was assured there were none. Within months, she became critically ill, ultimately bed-ridden and unable to work. After a complicated surgery to remove her implants and the toxins around them, Ms. Rimer began the long road to recovery. Her experience was so impactful, she committed full time to advocating for the education of women and their communities about the risks of breast implants.
Ms. Rimer’s first love is mentoring women who are considering implants or have Breast Implant Illness (BII). She is also dedicated to educating women and their families, friends, doctors, and other health care providers about breast implant risks. She also supports legislative change: health care diagnostic and treatment codes, informed consent, and black box warnings about these devices.
ABIE Was Created for You: We're here to support you and your families, educate your communities, and effect much-needed changes to breast implant safety.
Several things influenced my decision to get implants—family, friends, doctors, advisors–even the FDA that regulates their safety standards. That’s why ABIE’s goal is to provide education for not only patients and potential patients, but the people and organizations that impact a woman’s decision.
Breast Implant Illness Survivors
Here are some of our brave women.
Look around our web site. See what we’re doing, what we might be able to do to help you, and how you might want to get involved.