Read Stephanie March's emotional essay before you consider plastic surgery

Jun 28, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. ET
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Stephanie March knows that there are plenty of good reasons to get breast augmentation and, unfortunately, plenty of bad ones. She made the decision to get her boobs done during a tumultuous time in her life, and she doesn't want other women to make the same mistake. In an emotional roller coaster of an essay for Refinery29, March details her journey to breast implants and back again.

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"See, the other thing that was happening was that my marriage of nearly 10 years (and 14 together) was falling apart. And nothing, nothing was helping me cope," March writes. "Not therapy, not patience, not wine-soaked dinners with friends where I 'got it all out.' Great spidery cracks widened over time. Boom. Boom. Boom."

So she did the thing that countless friends, women's mags and therapists will all tell us not to do: "I decided to change my body because I couldn’t change my life."

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At first, March says, she felt great, "until one morning in early October when I sat up in bed and felt a sickening wet mucus sliding down my chest." After cycles of infections and antibiotics, March and her surgeon came to the conclusion that her body was allergic to the implants. Despite her mother going through chemotherapy and her own recent divorce, she wanted to fight her own body to keep them in. Today, over a year later, she has breasts that are "just right" for her body, and a partner who supports her — scars and all.

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