Five Weeks After My Double Mastectomy

How am I doing five weeks after my double mastectomy?

In the very good news column, my drains are all out! I can now wear clothes that don't button or zip up and take a proper shower! Since last Friday, I've also found myself with more energy and able to be out of the house a few hours a day.

In the not-so-good news column, I was surprised to experience significantly more pain in the third and fourth weeks after my surgery. I barely required any pain medication the first two weeks, and yet I found myself reaching into the medicine cabinet on numerous occasions in the later half of the month. Why was that?


For those of you who live in the DC area, yes, I'm the girl who walks with her arms in front of her breasts. I'm doing so in part because the more my chest jostles, the more pain I'm in. I also am trying to guard against anyone bumping into me or trying to hug me. (Both hurt a lot!) It might be an odd sight, but I have to place my comfort over others' confusion. I look forward to a day in the not-so-distant future when I can hug freely again! xoxo

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