Notes About Self-Love With Sarah Phillipe

I had the privilege to chat with Sarah Phillipe from Reversing Breast Implant Illness and her Group of 1,1oo women today! 

Here’s a breakdown of what we discussed.

What is Size: Happy?

Size: Happy is a movement and this is the message

  1. We embrace, appreciate and love our body during every phase of our journey.
  2. Our worth and confidence isn’t determined by a number or size – it’s measured by all the things that make us happy and make us feel good.
  3. Happiness is something  that we are choosing to experience right now, no matter what our current breast size, jean size or body size is.
  4. We don’t wait until we achieve a certain size or have that tangible thing to live in happiness – we live with it here and now, while still working towards our goals and big dreams.
  5. We do not live by societies standards (or anybody’s opinions) of what’s in or considered to be pretty – we live by our own rules and make up our own minds as to what we feel is beautiful.

I’m a rebel naturally, so I don’t typically follow norms or conform to labels.

The way I see it, “whose to tell me what’s beautiful, in or trendy this season?” Not some magazine or celebrity gossip channel, that’s for sure.

Here’s the fact – you’re going to be “too much” or “not enough” for some people.

And oh-freaking-well. That’s their issue and not yours to carry around or believe.


What does self-love look like to you and what would you say to those who are struggling with it?


My definition of self love is doing anything that makes you feel pretty or makes you happy.

That could be anything from:

  • painting your own nails
  • taking a hot bubble bath
  • getting dressed up for no reason
  • getting a massage on your lunch break
  • saying no when you really want to say no
  • setting boundaries (this is super important)
  • eating in a way that serves you and your goals
  • playing with animals (one thing that makes me so happy every time)
  • watching a movie or reading a book instead of finishing your to-do list
  • eliminating, removing or decreasing all the things and people that don’t serve you

If you’re struggling with self-love, you might need to unravel a lot of old programming, limiting beliefs and negative self-talk that isn’t true, serving you or allowing you to grow and evolve.

We pick up a lot of things subconsciously throughout our life from the people closest to us, strangers and even tv and magazines.

Our past experiences, relationships and interactions shape up into who we are today.

One of the best things you can start with is to dig deep into understanding where these thoughts and feelings are stemmed from, and then identifying if they are in fact actually true (which 99% of the time they’re not).

As you go through this process, do not judge what comes up. Do not dwell on a thought or past experience for too long.

Allowing yourself to feel “negative emotions” is one of the fasted ways to heal.

You must feel to fully heal.


From your years of struggling with self-love and coaching hundreds of women, what are your best pieces of advice or things women can do to start living with more self-love and start fully embracing their new body?


  1. Ask yourself , What do I have control of? 

Your health, happiness, attitude and actions are four of the biggest ones.

Everything else that you don’t have control of, such as:

  • your breast size after surgery
  • what the pains going to be like
  • what happens to you on the surgery table once you’re under anesthesia

you need to release and let go of.

At the end of the day you’re going to have surgery and you’re going to have smaller breasts. That’s all you know for sure.

What’s in your control is the fact that you can pray that everything goes well, hand it over to whoever you believe in and have faith.

*trust me, I’m a control freak do this takes work


2. Change your thoughts and the words you use.

Thoughts are powerful. More powerful than you may know.

I talked about this in one of my other blogs,  but words like “can’t, scared, mad, ugly,”, etc. literally weaken the body, whereas things like “I’ll figure it out, I can do this, everything’s going to go smooth, I’m going to feel amazing” strengthen the body and carry a different vibrational frequency.

I know… it’s woo-woo, but it’s a fact.

On the topic of thoughts and words, social media needs to be brought up.

If you’re following an account and you notice that you’re always sitting there comparing your looks or body to anothers, which is leaving you feeling less then or not enough, I highly encourage you to unfollow that account.

You sitting there comparing isn’t allowing you to grow.

It’s keeping you stuck, destroying your mental health and brain washing you into believing that everyones lives are perfect and flawless – which is the furthest thing from the truth.

Next time you’re scrolling through social media, if what you’re seeing isn’t empowering, inspiring or motivating you, hit unfollow.

Your mental health and confidence will improve so fast within a month!


3. It’s about awareness and how quickly you bounce back!

We all have slips ups in our actions/habits and words/thoughts – and that’s ok.

For instance, I find myself comparing my body or breasts to anther woman at least once a week.

I now quickly catch myself, pull myself back into a loving state and remind myself that nobody else’s beauty diminishes mine.

This will take time, but as it continues to happen it’ll get easier and easier and you’ll catch yourself quicker and quicker.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s about realizing that when a thought, person or action/habit isn’t serving you and then quickly doing something about it.

Don’t let things simmer or fester. Just be patient with you body and self and know that you’ll always be a work-in-progress.

You never “arrive“. You will always be growing and evolving. That’s life.


4. Regarding your breasts and scars after surgery.

Yes, your breasts will look smaller and like a deflated balloon right after surgery.

Don’t stress.

Over the course of a year your breasts are going to change shape and fill out.

Once you see how good you feel, the size of our breasts aren’t even going to matter.

I’d much rather have my small A cup and feel amazing than to go back to a D cup and feel run down everyday.

For most of you, it’s only going to be you and your husband looking at your breasts and scars, I assume.

It’ll be an adjustment for the both of you, but it’s nothing you guys can’t handle.

Plus, I’m going to bet as soon as your husband starts to see how much better you’re feeling and how much more energy you have, he’s going to adore and appreciate you and your decision even more.


To watch the Live video, visit Sarah’s Facebook Group Reversing Breast Implant Illness With Sarah Phillipe.

Visit her website to learn more about her and how she can help you Reverse Breast Implant Illness.


What Does Explanting en Bloc Mean?

En Bloc: all together or all at the same time.


En Bloc basically means that they remove your implant AND your capsule (the red stuff that you see attached to implants in the photo) together in one piece.


The capsule is the scar that your body forms AFTER you implanted. It does not exist inside of you before your breast augmentation.

Your surgeon should NOT take your implant out FIRST, then go back in and remove your capsule or drain your saline implant (inside you) FIRST (or at all) then go back in to remove your capsule.

Everything is done in one step: removal of both the implant and capsule at the same time.

En Bloc is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT step because should your implant be ruptured or bleeding silicone through the shell, you do not want to have any toxins or the broken down silicone getting into your blood stream or chest cavity by your vital organs.

Having the implant removed with the capsule attached and wrapped around it is your best option.

If your surgeon does not do en Bloc, doesn’t recommend en Bloc, doesn’t find it necessary or anything in between, he/she is not your surgeon (in my opinion). Keep looking for an explant surgeon who will.


1. Surgeons might try to convince you that you don’t need to remove the capsule or that a total Capsulectomy isn’t necessary. I disagree. The capsule can contain bacteria, fungus, micro-organisms, biofilms, silicone and all sorts of toxins. If you want to fully heal, it must be removed – in my opinion.


2. A total Capsulectomy is done after your implant and the capsule have been removed en Bloc. This is the step when they go back in and see if any capsule, scar tissue or silicone is stuck to tissue, muscle or your ribs. If they see parts of your capsule or scar tissue are still present they will peel it off, scrap it off or cauterize it to ensure a total capsulectomy is properly performed.


3. Make sure, for those who have saline implants, that your surgeon WILL NOT drain the implants before removing them. Be sure to ask him this question during your consultation. There has been high concentrations of mold, fungus and bacteria found inside saline implants. Draining them first will result in all the harmful particles getting into your system, further infecting you and making you even more sick.


4. If a surgeon tells you that en Bloc is not necessary (or that they just don’t do it), a full Capsulectomy isn’t necessary (or they just don’t do it) or that they “have to” drain your saline implant first before taking them out… I’d personally choose a different surgeon.


With all of this being said, Breast Implant Illness and en Bloc are fairly new. I’ve personally heard from women who left their capsule in and are totally fine, and other women who left the capsule in and remained very sick. The second group of women usually undergo a second surgery, removing the capsule, and actually start the detox and healing process.


I think this really all depends on:

  • how sick you are going into your surgery
  • how long you’ve had your implants
  • if you have any underlying illnesses, autoimmune diseases, inflammation or viruses hindering your immune system
  • if your have the MTHFR gene mutation, which makes detoxing almost impossible with some sort of intervention


Every BODY is different.

Just like some women can get breast implants and be totally ok… others get sick. It just all depends on your body and health.

If you still have a question, please leave me a comment below or ask me in my Facebook Group, Breast Implant Illness Education and Rejuvenation By Christina.

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here’s to newfound health, rejuvenation and self-love,

♥️ Christina Dennis

Breast Implant Illness Symptoms

Potential Breast Implant Symptoms And Side Effects

Before I get into the laundry list of possible Symptoms and Side Effects associated with BOTH silicone and saline breast implants, I want to mention a few important things.


  1. Not every woman experiences Symptoms and Side Effects from breast implants.
  2. Some women never get sick, some women experience a negative reaction right away or within months and some women (like me) it takes years (if not decades if they were implanted in the 1980’s).
  3. It is said that about 40% of women who undergo breast augmentation, no matter the size or placement (above or below the muscle) will at some point experience capsular contracture, hardening, pain and/or the symptoms listed below.


If you have an already comprised immune system from things like the EBV (or any viruses or ailments) the chances of you developing these Symptoms and Side Effects could possibly increase or exacerbate your already existing conditions.


One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is this: if you take care of your body, yet you feel like a grumpy zombie daily, something is wrong. Listen to your body. Your body gives you Symptoms and Side Effects to communicate with you that something’s wrong. Doctors tend to just throw medication at us and tell us our labs look perfect “you’re healthy”. Listen to your body ♥️


From day one, regardless of symptoms, your body will be fighting the implants. It’s basic human physiology. What doesn’t belong, or what the body can’t identify, the body attacks. Things like the endocrine system, lymphatic system, immune system, hormones, thyroid and digestive system are the most common to take a hit and suffer.


Here is a list of the most common cluster of Symptoms and Side Effects women with breast implant illness complain of:

*these are all the symptoms I experienced


  • *Fatigue
  • *Brain Fog (can’t concentrate, remember things or focus)
  • Headaches/Migranes/Ocular Migraines
  • *Anxiety/Panic Attacks/Depression Bouts
  • *Low Libido/No Sex Drive
  • *Swollen Lympnodes (armpits, groin, neck and pelvis)
  • *Hair Loss/Drying Hair
  • *Dry Skin/Premature Aging
  • Skin Rashes
  • *Sensitivity to Light, Sound and Cold Temperatures
  • *Gasping For Breath/Choking Feeling/Shortness of Breath
  • *Achy Joints, Especially In The Morning (shoulders, hips)
  • Tingling Arms
  • *Cold Hands And Feet
  • Breast Pain
  • Pain Or Burning Sensation Around Implant and Underarm
  • Muscle Pain/Muscle Weakness
  • Swollen Breasts
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Inflammation
  • Weight Gain
  • Insomnia
  • *Vision Floaters/Declined Vision/Dry Eyes
  • Fevers/Night Sweats
  • *Ears Ringing
  • Digestive Issues
  • *Dehydration
  • Frequent Urination
  • Sudden Food Intolerances/Food Allergies
  • Leaky Gut/IBS/SIBO
  • Candida/Yeast Infections/Urinary Tract Infections
  • Slow recovery After Exercising or Activity
  • Slow Healing of Cuts, Scrapes/Bruise Easy
  • *Fungal Infections/Viral Infections/Sinus Infections
  • *New And Persistent Bacterial And Viral infections
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Galbladder Problems
  • *Liver and Kidney Disfunction (often times jaundice/yellowing of the skin)
  • Hypo thyroid and Adrenal Symptoms
  • *Hyper Thyroid and Adrenal Symptoms
  • *Hormonal Imbalances/Decreased Hormones
  • Symptoms or Diagnosis of ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma)
  • Symptoms or Diagnosis of Auto-Immune Diseases (raynauds syndrome, hashimotos, lupus, arthritis, nonspecific connective tissue disease, multiple sclerosis, sjogrens syndrome, scleroderma,
  • *Symptoms or Diagnosis of Epstein Barr Virus
  • Symptoms or Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia


If you’ve been experiencing any of these Side Effects and Symptoms, got tested and have either been told “you’re fine” or you have a new diagnosis, please join my Facebook Group.

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I’d love to hear what’s going on with you and offer you the education, empowerment and support you need right now.

This information is not meant to scare you… it’s meant to inform you.

💗- Christina Dennis