Woman bullied for flat chest is now crowdfunding to reduce her 40HH boobs
A woman who was bullied at school for having a ‘pancake’ chest was shocked when her boobs practically grew overnight.
Helen Christie’s breasts grew to a massive 40HH, leaving her in constant pain.
The 26-year-old from Brighton says she suffers from social anxiety, depression, back, and neck pain, trouble sleeping and exercising.
She said it has also affected her love life with girlfriend Verity.
So now taking action, Helen is crowdfunding to raise the £3,000 needed for a breast reduction.
While some women envy her for being well endowed, Helen says she’d do anything to not have big boobs.
She is now looking to have private surgery in Prague, Czech Republic after she felt doctors in the UK did not take her seriously.
If she raises enough money for the treatment, she hopes to go down to a B or C cup.
‘I was around 16 when I suddenly grew to a C or D cup and people started commenting, saying things like “she’s grown”,’ explained Helen.
‘I got catcalls and it made me feel so self-conscious. It was really creepy getting that kind of attention from men, who were often a lot older than me.
‘I just hated the attention and hated feeling like I’d been put on the spot.’
Over the next 10 years, Helen said her breasts continued to grow until they reached a size 40HH, forcing her to wear baggy clothes to not draw attention.
‘I don’t wear low cut tops anymore, because my breasts fall out of them, so I stick to baggy T-shirts which make me look even bigger,’ she said.
Helen also had insomnia as she struggles to find a comfortable position to sleep which still lets her breathe properly.
She added: ‘I get a really sore rash underneath my breasts and around my armpit, too, because it gets so sweaty in the crevices.
‘I have a curvature and a hump on the back of my neck from them pulling forwards and my head looks like it’s tilted. My posture is really bad.
‘There’s a constant dull ache in my back and the back of my neck and I get shooting pains up my arm, because of the position I sleep in.
‘My shoulders have indents in them from where the bra straps dig in.’
Finding a well-fitted bra that’s not too expensive is also difficult. She also has the same issues with sports bras.
‘I can’t let them hang freely because they hurt, which has always been a problem when I’m trying to be intimate with a partner.
‘My confidence is so low that I never take my top off, I’ve never felt like I can get fully undressed in front of someone.’
Her doctor has prescribed anti-depressants to help Helen deal with the depression caused by all the issues.
But she realised that she wasn’t eligible for a reduction on the NHS as a way to deal with the problem, so she found the place in Prague.
Helen added: ‘I do wonder if I was a man and had two gigantic tumours attached to my chest constricting my breathing whether I’d be eligible for surgery.
‘Surgery would change everything for me. I would just be free. I would be able to live a normal life. To be able to stretch my arms back without the weight of my breasts holding me back would mean so much.
‘I do think that people might look at the fact I’m crowdfunding and think there are more worthy causes out there but I just don’t know where else to turn.’
According to its website, the availability of breast reduction surgery on the NHS varies, depending on the eligibility criteria decided by the local clinical commissioning group (CCG).
Some CCGs do not fund breast reduction surgery at all. Others will fund it selectively if someone fulfils certain criteria, such as experiencing backache, shoulder or neck pain, skin irritation, rashes and skin infections under the breasts, grooves on the shoulders from bra straps, psychological distress, such as low self-esteem or depression and an inability to exercise or play sport.
If a GP thinks someone is eligible they can refer them to a breast or plastic surgeon for an assessment.
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