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In April, I felt a lump. I almost cancelled my appointment because my dad and stepmom were in town, but they told me, "Absolutely not!" So my stepmom and I went, and I wasn't worried — after all I had no family history of breast cancer, I don't smoke and rarely drink. Oh, and I'm just 33 years old.
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I was provided a packet of exercises a month prior to my surgery, before I left the hospital, and even at my post-op appointments. The doctor must have really wanted me to exercise. Now here's the thing, I am awful at following doctor’s orders. Providing me with packet after packet was not going to help me do them any more than it would with one packet.
The exercises were quite beneficial in improving your flexibility after surgery. However, so is doing daily household chores. I figured if I wasn’t going to attend to my arm exercises as regularly as I should then I would need to do the next best thing: chores.
I recall at the beginning, my arm movements were limited. Raising my arms in any direction caused some type of pain. Stretching, pulling, sharp pains, muscle spasms, it seemed like those would never go away. Reaching for a glass from the cupboard became my goal...