I take antidepressants due to my giant boobs but men beg me not to reduce them

I take antidepressants due to my giant boobs but men beg me not to reduce them


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Laney Mesa was 14-years-old when she started seeking out empty rooms in school so she could suffer alone.

Her boobs were causing her serious discomfort and she felt a need to escape from her classmates.

“I never missed a day of school but I used to sit upstairs in an empty room because I was in so much pain and nobody could understand why,” she told Daily Star.

And as well as physical distress, her breasts became the focus of attention with immature boys.

“Kids are awful,” she said. “I don’t think they understood and when I look back on it they just had no idea what I was going through.

“They just saw a girl with big boobs and they thought it was hilarious to throw stuff down my top.

“As a kid you think ‘oh my god’ because the only thing they can look at is my boobs and that is awful considering I was 14.”

Laney, from Gravesend, Kent, is now a 20-year-old uni student with ambitions of becoming a primary school teacher.

But her boobs – a whopping size 32K – continue to plague her.

She has desperately tried to get them reduced on the NHS – but has just been refused for a second time.

Experts say she needs to lower her BMI before being considered – something Laney argues is “impossible” because her breasts alone take up so much weight.

Laney – who works out three times a week and eats healthily – is now fundraising to get the surgery privately.

But since speaking out about her plans, trolls have mocked her decision.

She said: “Men message me saying ‘don’t do it’. This is my body… I don’t understand why people think they have the right to message me things like that. Men think that because boobs are sexualised.

“That’s what people get when they speak about this issue. It is still a stigma.”

Yet it’s not just men who have belittled Laney.

She said: “You expect women to understand but I’ve had some say I shouldn’t do it and it’s not a problem because they would love to have big boobs.

“They say I should try living with small boobs. People see it as something to be idolised and then they can’t see any of the issues that go with it.

“Even women with small boobs, you’d expect them to have some kind of empathy.”

As well as verbal blows, Laney said her boobs hurt her back and send shooting pains through her ribs.

Explaining how bad it gets, she said: “The pain is horrendous and you just never know when it will come.

“It’s just agony all the time and everywhere hurts. There are days I know I have a day off and I can’t get myself out of bed because I don’t have to so why would I put myself in pain.”

Laney, who studies education at Canterbury Christ Church University, first went for a consultation in March 2021.

Her hope was to be considered for breast reduction surgery – but she left with her confidence shattered after being urged to lose three stone.

“I was happy in myself and confident before the consultation," she said.

“But after I just hit rock bottom. I was 18 and I stopped wearing skin tight clothes, jeans and crop tops.

“I had every part of my body because I was so ashamed of what I felt I looked like and it caused me to have symptoms of body dysmorphia.

“They just didn’t seem to care and said I was too big for it and they never put it on my medical record.

“I had been on antidepressants during the start of the pandemic like a lot of people but I had managed to come off them. But that made me go back to the meds and I went to therapy.”

Laney switched to a more understanding GP and was referred to a hospital before it was recently concluded her BMI was too high.

Body Mass Index measures someone’s weight distribution and is calculated by dividing someone's weight by their height – but it doesn’t consider sex, muscle or bone structure.

A spokesperson for NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Clinical decisions are always made in a patient’s best interests after considering the risks and benefits.

"Referral and treatment criteria are evidence based and on this occasion the patient did not meet eligibility criteria.

"If a patient does not meet eligibility criteria for a treatment or it is not normally funded, a GP or consultant can make an individual funding request. Details of how to do this are on our website.”

Now Laney is hoping to raise £8,000 so she can get the surgery done privately.

She said: “I didn’t want to fundraise because I felt like I didn’t deserve it because there are so many other issues in the world.

“But this is something that really affects me. It would mean more than I can even explain.

“I know it’s something I will do no matter what.

“My life is on hold until then.”

You can support Laney with her GoFundMe effort here.

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