Recovery: In the Clear…Kind Of

Just a quick update today. I saw my doctor yesterday for my four-week postoperative appointment.  I’m clear to do my “normal activities,” but I was told not to sweat too much.  Hmm.  That’s hard for a runner. Power walking it is…

Cleaning My Way to Strength

Upper body strength has never been my forte.  I am easing my way back into normal activities.  What does this mean?  Well, the mop is now my intro to body building, lol.  This weekend I may even go crazy and try to vacuum.

Recovery Fun

I’ll keep you apprised of my recovery.  I have some fun with the family planned this weekend, and I can think of no better way to celebrate the clearance to resume being me.

Also, I’m plotting some projects around the house, including landscaping.  I see that as a great way to get the bod back in shape.

Until then, I’ll leave you with this fun little selfie (pardon the bad photography).  For the first time in my life, I’m ready for bathing suit season!!!  I’m digging my new cleavage.  This process has been a drain, but finding a suit that fits has been a welcome development!

swimsuit
                            Swim Season Ready

 

Awaiting the Next Surgery

Happy New Year!  Yes, I know we are well into January, but I haven’t written a post in quite some time so wishing you a blessed New Year seems appropriate.  I’ve started this year with a focus on accomplishing a to-do list a mile long in preparation for my implant surgery.  First on this list: run my half marathon on Sunday!  I’ve been training for this race since my plastic surgeon gave me the “go” after my mastectomy/tissue expander surgery at the very end of October.  I’m ready.  I’m not going to be fast, but I’m going to do it! In fact, my friend Fern and I picked up our race packets today.  We are stoked!

Happy Home Life: Productivity at its finest

In addition to running and recovery, I have taken advantage of my time off work this year to make the most of family time.  The past few months have looked something like this: 

December and early January were full of cookie decorating, acting as party mom for my son’s holiday party, attempting to organize my son’s Lego collection (note the “attempt”…it’s still not done), and even endeavoring to paint furniture and finish painting my master bedroom.  Heck, I even did a little research on YouTube and learned how to caulk baseboards!  We also enjoyed a trip back home for Christmas (note the snow and the pic with my BFF in the bottom right–we had a great trip!) and took my daughter to the symphony for a Christmas present!

I’m really excited to have crossed off so many of my goals for this time.  Sometimes just sitting back and making the most of a less-than-ideal situation is the best you can do.  I’ve taken my recovery and used it to gain a happy home life.

mastectomy implant surgery: 11 days away

I’m nervous about my surgery.  I’m sure I’ll have great results, but I would be crazy not to feel some apprehension about going under the knife again.  I’m looking at an outpatient surgery followed by a minimum six week recovery.  For four of those six weeks I have to wear a post-surgical compression bra and a girdle!  The doc will be performing some liposuction to add a bit of cushion and a more natural feel to my implants.  The girdle is to help prevent water retention and support the loose skin.  I hope I can move.  Life will not be pleasant, but like this first round, I’ll get through it.

I’m a previvor and I see my glass half-full!