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Hi! I have just been diagnosed and go for surgery in about 10 days. How long after surgery will I be able to get back to my daily jogging and exercise classes? Also, Will I still be able to jog and go to gym during radiation therapy?

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    anonymous
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    It will depend on what type of surgery you will be having, you would need more down time for a mastectomy than you would for a lumpectomy. Not sure about jogging and exercise classes you may have to give the gym a miss for a short time. Good luck
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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
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      Thank you for your help :-)

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2007
    I agree with the above answer. It depends... on the type of surgery you have. Are you going to have a lumpetomy, mastectomy with just sentinal nodes or full axillary type surgery? Everybody reacts in their own way. You may feel weak and tired. You also need to let your body recover from the anesthetic and just the trauma of the surgery. After my mastectomy, I was pretty much back to normal even before the drain was removed. The first two days, I was very, very, tired. I had --zero-- post operative pain. That being said.... I am just one person on one end of the spectrum. There are plenty of other women who had the opposite reaction to a mastectomy. If you have a mastectomy, and plan to have reconstruction, during the mastectomy process, an expander is placed. The expander can give you some grief because I have yet to hear of anyone saying they didn't have discomfort. You probably will be free to do any kind of exercise you feel up to but always check with your surgeon. I am sure your surgeon would be leery of any really vigorous exercise that might cause bleeding or dislodging of drains. You need to listen to your body.... if you are tired, rest. We all have the desire to get back to normal as soon as we can. Don't try to push yourself to do something that is too much. It may set you back in the healing process. I am not saying to become a couch potato, just cooperate with your body to allow it to heal. Please keep in touch with us here. We are here to help support one another through and after this journey. Take care, Sharon
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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
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      Thank you sooo much for your support and advice. I am really happy to hear that you made such a speedy recovery and were able to get back to normality so quickly :-) Well done you! I have every intention of doing the same, although I completely...

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      Thank you sooo much for your support and advice. I am really happy to hear that you made such a speedy recovery and were able to get back to normality so quickly :-) Well done you! I have every intention of doing the same, although I completely understand that I need to listen to the signals my body gives me. I am having a lumpectomy so Im sure with positive thinking and listening to my body, I will also be able to get back to my routine as soon as possible. Would you mind if I ask you also how radiation made you feel? As Ive heard various reports. Again, Im aware that each case is different and I cannot judge others' experiences by my own, but it is good to hear it from somebody first hand! Thanks again for your time! :-)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Emma,
      First of all, I am sorry to hear you joined our --club-- unfortunately, we have lots of membership. On the good side, you have an outstanding attitude! Your mindset will do a lot for you and carry you through your treatment to serve...

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      Hi Emma,
      First of all, I am sorry to hear you joined our --club-- unfortunately, we have lots of membership. On the good side, you have an outstanding attitude! Your mindset will do a lot for you and carry you through your treatment to serve you well. I did not have radiation treatment because I chose to have a mastectomy. My experience only comes from hearing women's stories. Two common mentions are changes in the skin where the radiation is focused, like a sunburn, and some fatigue. Again, everybody is different but never underestimate the power of positive thinking! You have got that going in a big way. Please keep us posted, as we are here to help everybody get through this. YOU GO GIRL! Take care, Sharon

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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon, you are a shining star!
      Your support and advice has been overwhelming and I'm very grateful that you have taken the time to share your experience. Once again, thanks very much and I will keep you posted with my (super quick) recovery! Emma

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Please re read Sharon's answer it is exactly right on. Listen to your body and don't let your desire for nomal get in the way of healing. God Bless your journey I know it doesn't feel like it now but there is light at the end of the tunnel
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    • connie hass Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I like that point ....don't let your desire to get back to regular best to listen to body & heal

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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for you support and advice :-)

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  • Ruth Brajevich Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Talk to your doc. I am a runner and had a double mastectomy. 4-6 weeks for recovery. I had to have tissue expanders. You can run with them but they can be uncomfortable. Good luck and prayers to you.
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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Ruth :-)
      I hope you are still enjoying your running!

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  • connie hass Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good lick with that schedule because reality is everyone is different! I am 7weeks post radiation & beginning my second month of tamoxfin! I still can excersise but have to choose between that work & a nap! Really slows you down....your mind says race & your body says rest !
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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for sharing your experience, I will listen to my bodies signals! I wish you luck on your recovery also.

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