Thanks - I have also looked at the one abput lymphoedema - as that is probably what is affecting my arm and implant.
What can one do about reactive lymph glands?
Thank you for your reply - 2 things have struck me since signing up to the site -
1 yes you are right - family and friends need you to move on and sometmes that is easier said and acted than actually done.
2. DCIS, the BC that I was diagnosed with has meant major surgery and fortunately nothing else - I know i am very lucky, and am very thankful,, but it does not remove the stuff etc - and others do not understand that either - they reckon once you've had the op you should be better! Mind you - so did I!
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I was diagnosed with DCIS at my first mammogram. since then life has been a roller coaster and I am emerging..Following 2 sets of biopsies, a decision to carry out a mastectomy with a reconstruction at the same time. Lots of tears and laughter too.
Now, January 2014, I know that the cancer has gone and that I am very lucky to not need other treatments apart from an annual mammogram. What an adventure! But....
So now I feel as if I am dealing with the stuff that I put on one side while "dealing with it all" I am aware of the implant - and concerned about rejecting it. It can swell up if I do too much along with the affected arm -a couple of lymph glands were removed too. The physio put my exercises on hold before Christmas but as the operation was on my dominant side I am frustrated when trying to use my arm but discovering very little strength there. Everyone says "little steps" and take your time. - but I have discovered I am not very patient! Anyway, at my last appointment I am now taking my arm to the vertical - so movement is almost back. The next step I assume will be lifting, pushing and pulling.