Recovery Guidelines


Preparation is essential to a successful recovery following breast cancer related surgery. Help set yourself up for success with these tips as well as checking out some of our sister sites.   Saying Nope 2 Breast Cancer: Save the Woman, Not the Tata’s

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1) Prepare your… Mind- Grief is part of the natural healing process and not dealing with it can slow the healing process. Visit our Stress Management page to develop tools to cope with the associated stress of breast cancer related issues. Body- As soon as you know you are having surgery, stop working pectoral muscles and focus on core and legs. If you are a smoker, please do your best to stop immediately to improve circulation. Home- Zipper front bras, medical supplies, pillows, pain reliever, stool softener……

*For an in depth checklist, watch our YouTube video “Pre-op Prep”.  And our affiliate sites: My Destiny: Saying Nope to Breast Cancer:

2) Be patient: Different diagnosis, doctors, surgeries, etc. means no two journeys are the same. This site serves as a guideline, but some journeys may need more time. Pushing yourself into activities too soon may cause complications. Stay positive and your finish line will come before you know it!

3) Lots of rest: Getting good rest is essential to a great recovery. To ease chest pain, we recommend sleeping in a mostly upright position. This will allow better blood flow and reduce pain. To get out of bed when lying down, do the “Cup and Roll”! Use both arms to secure your chest, engage your abs, and roll to the side of the bed to push yourself up.

4) Track progress: To ensure your healing continues in the right direction, we recommended keeping track of everything. Pictures and journals help you identify what might need to be addressed e.g. increase in drainage fluids, any discoloration or wounds, or what activities may have contributed to a new pain.

5) Arrange help: Transportation home from the hospital, meals, taking care of the kids, walking the dog, running errands…….these are just a few of the things you may need help with following surgery. To set yourself up for a truly successful surgery, do not be afraid to ask for help and have someone visit you for at least the first 7-10 days.