Hi//thought would share my journey to compare
i had double and reconstructive surgery,plus various underarm surgery and chemo/not expander but implant straight away
i started jan 2013 and have taken 2 years off work,i think it is your choice on returning to work and whether ready for it not anybody else's.I have been though a lot and my body and mind needs to recover,personal choice./but suppose depends on your job and the time off allowed,I quit my job/money has been tight
I rested for 4-6 weeks and slowly started exercises,moved on to yoga 3 moths down the line to improve cord,flexibility and judged my improvement with my very well experienced and qualified yoga teacher.i think it took a good 4 months or so before any relax with cords and tightness the body cannot be rushed to recover.
My body had recovered well , chemo finished and the only thing I struggle with is the medication long term ,this has real knocked me and the main reason have took so long to adjust.
Remember you have been though a lot and give yourself a bit of credit for coping this far.
I have now volunteering,set my own business and training for marathon
all the best xxWith regards to pain in chest and other concerns check in with a good /your breast care nurse
Yes this all sounds pretty normal. I only had single mx with reconstruction but remember well the feeling of pain in the middle of my chest which lasted for some weeks whenever I was upright. I had a lot of stiffness under arm too so when they give you the all clear for doing exercises, do them thoroughly as it really helps. I think 3 wks off work may be optimistic, I had 8 but I suppose it depends what your job is. Remember you have had a major operation and you need to take time to recover!
I am almost a year post surgery now and back to badminton,running and a generally normal life so yes you will get there but it takes time ! All the best xx