Athletics,exercise and rehab after Masctectomy
I am recently diagnosed and I am struggling with how to treat this diagnosis. I have met with an MO (medical oncologist) and last week a Plastic surgeon. The MO recommended a lumpectomy with radiation but I told her that I would rather have a BMx for peace of mind and to avoid radiation. She said it's a big surgery but that she would respect my decision and sent me to a P.S.. I had my appointment with that P.S. last week. She was cold and clinical but didn't really answer my questions! It was my first day at the cancer hospital and i was feeling umprepared, emotional and overwhlemed. She said she thought that a BMx was too extreme and went on to tell me how i wouldnt be able to resume my activities. FYI-I explained to her that I was a massage therapist, surfer, yoga instructor and VERY active. She said after the surgery I wouldnt be able to do a push up. I asked her for how long and she said, "the rest of your life". I left that appointment completely demoralized and upset. My question to those of you that have had a double mastectomy is: Can you do a push up? Are you able to exercise and resume your before surgery activities? I have spoken to a client that has gone through the process and she said that she still does yoga and is able to do push ups. BTW she had the implant put on top of the muscle and my P.S. said that the implant would go under. I am reading much better things about over the pec as opposed to under. I am quite afraid and want to make the right decision i.e. not affect my quality of life and active liestyle for years to come. I was diagnosed with IDC no.2 Est + and pro +. I am going for another biopsy on Thursday to determine whether it's a her2+ cancer (also nervous about that as i was reading about cell seeding and spreading). I'm being pushed by family to do what the Doctors tell me but it just doesn't feel right. I know that this is a major surgery but please, If you could share your experiences, particularly getting back into your fitness routine, I would greatly appreciate it! (sorry such a long message).