Surgery was 3 weeks ago and in that time I've ticked off lots of milestones in stage 2 recovery process.
✅ had mastectomy on my left hand side with immediate reconstruction
✅ got to know 'Cilla' my Silicon/saline combo boob.
✅ celebrated the freedom of having my drains removed..
✅ celebrated freedom from waiting for Doris
✅ Got back driving again after 2.5 weeks
✅ got back to Pilates after 2 weeks
✅Hitting the gym again within 3 weeks
✅ avoided (and keep avoiding) the danger zone.. Those jobs that are a bit tricky, involving stretching too far or lifting too heavy!
The last parts of phase 2 recovery are getting some Saline into 'Cilla' which all being well will happen on Wednesday, I then just need to have the port that they use to pump her up removed and surgery phase will be complete.
Next week I meet my Oncologist regarding Phase 3 of recovery which is Radiotherapy. Each stage has brought it's own frustrations and worries.. But I'm glad this one should mark the end of my treatment.
When I received my lab results they showed all the lymph nodes were clear which was fantastic and a big relief.
Obviously I continue with the Physio to ensure I get the full range of movement back in my arm but at the moment that is improving daily.
As a family we enjoyed Adam's work summer weekend last week. It was great seeing the boys involved in the activities and enjoying Pimms on the lawn.. And it was only on reflection that I realised how nice it was to have a coating of hair to meet new people. And see a couple that I hadn't seen since the day I was diagnosed!
One of the ladies asked me about my running and how I had done through my treatment. I said that since it began it's been disheartening seeing where I was and where I have got to pick up from but that the return is hopefully now sniffing distance away.. One of the biggest smiles though was when she told me that after we spoke at the Christmas do I had inspired her to get out and run.. And that this week she was tackling a 10k route for the 1st time. 😊👏🏻
I'm loving getting back to some excercise, slowly but surely I'll make progress back to doing what I was enjoying so much before all this kicked off!
So at the moment during July I'm looking forward to
* seeing take that next weekend
* trip to see Beautiful the musical with Jo for her birthday.
* catching up with Hayley in London
* the boys end of term activities
* the start of the summer holidays
* Our family trip to see the Lion King thanks to the Willow foundation.
* My birthday!!
As usual it's going to be a busy few weeks.. Bring it on!!