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Kerisha Mark couldn't take the pain anymore.
Faced with crippling migraines and non-stop muscle aches after her chest ballooned to an unbearable 36NNN, the 40-year-old elected to get a breast reduction following her diagnosis of gigantomastia.
The rare hormonal condition is diagnosed when a woman's breast weight exceeds three percent of her body weight, and Mark estimates her breasts weighed a staggering 15 pounds each.
"I could not run or jump or work out at all," the Beaumont, Texas, resident told ABC 13 news. "I was very limited in a lot of things I could do."
Gigantomastia typically affects one breast more than the other, causing asymmetry, and is believed to stem from a heightened sensitivity to female hormones prolactin, estrogen and progesterone.
"The breasts really hung down to her hips and were essentially like carrying around three basketballs at all times because they were so large," Mark's surgeon, Dr. Franklin Rose, told the station.
"When we went into the exam room — I don't know if I would use this word 'shocking', but it was certainly startling to see breasts of that magnitude."
After a three-hour operation, Dr. Rose removed around 15 pounds of breast tissue, leaving Mark with a "nice full" DD cup.
"When I stood up for the first time I felt so light," the school social worker revealed. "My first thing on the agenda is to purchase a beautiful bra and second is to buy a strapless dress."
Head over to ABC 13 Houston for more on Mark's incredible transformation.