Kate48 - Thank you for your words, I am only 3 weeks out from Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and starting to feel guilty that I'm not stronger or healing fast enough. I'm not at work at the moment and can't bear the thought of returning in the immediate future. I'm so very tired all the time and need to nap constantly. My surgeon did tell me that the initial recover peropd is 6-8 weeks but some people take longer.
I'm by myself at the moment and I'm finding everyday activities difficult and very tiring. Your words let me know that I'm doing OK in the great scheme of things.
Recovery is such a personal thing that I don't think timings necessarily compare. I think it took me 5-6 weeks to feel able to do all the things I would normally do. I had a mx on my right side with reconstruction using a tissue expander.and a sentinel node biopsy. Because it was my dominant side there were things that I didn't have the arm strength to do like chopping carrots which were surprisingly hard. It is early days for you so be kind to yourself and give yourself recovery time. The muscle stretching gave me a very odd feeling at times in those early weeks too but it passes and as my surgeon loves to remind me it's an emotional journey too which takes its toll even for those of us who are used to being very resilient. You will feel better soon and although it may feel like ages now when you look back it won t have been very long. I had my mx in early February and was back at work part time travelling from the Midlands up and down to London and Manchester on the train in early April. I didn't have to have chemo or radio. Look after yourself and listen to your body. I found myself very tired for several months and I hadn't had chemo!