After Being So Desperate From Feeling So Sick I Wanted to Die...
In 2012 Tara Hopko decided she needed something more her life than just being a wife and mother so she took up weight lifting and ultimately took on bodybuilding as a figure competitor.
Tara did that for 3 years and by 2015, after a ton of consideration and what she thought was a lot of research, decided to get breast implants. She was hoping to feel more like a “woman”.
On April 3, 2015, she received her Cohesive Gel, textured 370 cc implants. They subtly made her ill right away but it took Tara almost 3 years to realize it was her implants causing the laundry list of symptoms that made her feel 80 years old.
She discovered BII from stumbling upon Nicole’s website after being so desperate from feeling so ill Tara wanted to die. The info on the website was a relief and heartbreaking all at once. She didn’t hesitate to find a recommended surgeon right away and on May 4, 2018, she explanted with Dr. Buinewitcz in Doylestown PA.
Tara is now almost 11 months post-op and feel amazing. Aside from the occasional flare, she would say 90% of her symptoms are gone. She feels as though she has a second chance at life! God is good!
These days, when she is not working or making up for lost time with my family, Tara is sharing her story through her book “Let Me Get This Off My Chest” and advocating for Breast Implant Illness in any way possible.
Tara Hopko was born and raised a Jersey Girl and still resides in New Jersey with her family, husband Matt, two girls, Maddie and Lexie, and their dogs, Lily and Diesel. She is an Occupational Therapy Assistant and works full time with adults with developmental disabilities.
Let Me Get This Off My Chest is my story about how I went from a fun, energetic, athletic women to falling into society's trap of believing I was not enough just as I am. This story will give you a glimpse into why I decided to alter my body with plastic surgery, and the devastating effects I suffered from that decision. No doctor was able to give me answers. Those answers had to be discovered through my own research and determination. In my journey to discovering what was wrong with me, I also found my faith. With my strong faith in God and my inner strength, I took my first steps in taking my life back. In my journey to healing, I also had to heal the insecurities that led me to this situation. I learned for the first time in my life to love myself. This story is a must read for anyone who has suffered or is suffering with Breast Implant Illness. This book will also speak to anyone who has ever been broken, doubted themselves, or felt insecure. You'll be inspired to truly love yourself for maybe the first time in forever. We all have scars, seen and unseen, and we must embrace the fact we are all beautifully broken.