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Feb 17, 2017 11:58AM
Think of this as a Chineese restaurant - 1 from column A, 2 from column B, etc., depending on your needs. This is my experience with a BMX, no reconstruction, no radiation, no chemo, no Lymphedema:
2 months of intense Drs appts, tests, surgery, follow up appts, etc, but I could still be as active as I wanted before surgery. I was out digging fence post holes and trying to get as much gardening done as possible before surgery.
I had 1 lymph node removed from each side during my BMX and spent 1 night in the hospital.
My BS hinted that I might not need chemo but was careful to say only my MO could say for sure. My first MO appt was 1 month after surgery and that is when I got my Oncotype results, so the uncertainty about chemo went on for a long time.
No gardening at all for about 1 month after surgery - bending over is not good for recovery of BMX.
By 3 months I was doing some heavy yard work (shoveling, etc) At 4 months I painted the whole outside of my house. At 5 months I started remodeling my kitchen - ripping out walls and ceiling, hanging insulation and drywall.
If you have a lumpectomy recovery will be shorter but add in up to 2 months of daily radiation. Only you will know how much you are up to.
If you have more lymph nodes removed then that recovery could also take longer.
I don't know anything about chemo, either as neoadjuvant (before surgery) or adjuvant. I guess that would be in column C
I'm 15 years older than you so you might bounce back a little more quickly. I just refused to let this ugly cancer keep me from doing what I wanted to do so I pushed myself pretty hard
ATM variant, mom died at 33 from BC
2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-
4/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right
5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)