A week ago I struggled to take a shower with the help of my husband. Today I not only took a shower by myself, I even shaved my legs!
I’m far from normal but I’m surprised how much better I am in just a week following my bilateral mastectomy. I got my remaining drains out yesterday and I feel so free without the annoying bulbs attached to me anymore!
What I learned is I need to be patient. Last weekend I could hardly do anything by myself. I have come so far in just a week and no longer need help to do a lot of daily tasks. I am able to go for walks almost as long as I was going before surgery. I’m slowly getting back to normal.
I didn’t realize how quickly things would improve. I still have a long way to go. It’s still hard for me to pick up Bryce and do much with him. It’s still going to be weeks before I can try full body workouts. I still have a very limited range of motion. It’s difficult to open dresser drawers and raise my arms above my head.
But what I have learned in this second weekend post surgery is to be patient. Things are getting better and will get better, it just takes time. I may not be able to do HIIT or kickboxing workouts yet but I can go for longer walks without the annoying drains hanging off me. I may not be able to go to the beach or carnivals but I’m looking forward to sitting around at my cousin’s and aunt and uncles houses this holiday weekend.
Patience is definitely something I struggle with but it’s something I’m learning is necessary with my recovery and throughout this cancer battle. Slow and steady wins the race. I never had a lot of speed so this kind of held true for me in my running days and this definitely holds true as I recover from my surgery.
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