Being active throughout treatment was really helpful to me in managing some of the side effects from chemo and radiation, including nausea and fatigue, and also helped my body heal after surgery. I try to stay motivated each week by setting realistic goals for myself and having my pup around also helps to keep me moving (I mean look at that face!).
But I've also had to learn to be patient with myself and know that I cannot be superwoman all the time. I've been struggling with issues since treatment and surgery including cording in my underarm and chest area, knee bursitis, and weakness in my back after having part of the latissimus dorsi muscles removed during reconstruction surgery.
After a 3 week break from appointments, I am going in for my first ever physiotherapy session tomorrow to help manage some of these issues and take further steps towards my recovery. It can be frustrating at times trying to work around my limitations and dealing with the pain but I am hopeful that with some guidance I can get back into a routine that works for me.