Let’s be real: recovery sucks. Bruising, lack of mobility, low stamina, shortness of breath, insomnia, weight gain, shooting nerve pain - you name it. Now #8weeks out from a revision and fat transfer, my focus is turning to extended recovery and the many holistic ways to support health and healing.
Once you’re past the first couple months, strength training, gut health, and playing wack-a-mole with random symptoms that appear weekly take center stage (is itchy skin a thing?). I want to share my current and ever-evolving roadmap back to health, wellness, and equilibrium after surgery/treatment.
Comment below with any questions about surgery, fat transfers, or recovery ⬇️. I’m always happy to answer DMs but this way we can all share knowledge/resources, which was the motivation behind going public with my #brca journey. *Note: These are my recs based on personal experience and NOT sponsored or ads*
Lymphatic drainage massage: Especially after fat transfer, lymphatic drainage massage helps to reduce swelling and detoxify the body (and relieve soreness). Plus it’s covered by insurance.
Mobility stretching: The stretch called “walking the wall” has been especially helpful. Make time to do it every day to see incremental gains.
Probiotics: My stomach was destroyed after another full month of antibiotics. I’m taking a nightly probiotic before bed (@seed) for gut health.
Daily Vitamins: I stopped taking megadosed vitamins one month after surgery. For maintenance, I like @ritual vitamins because they are tailored to fill in gaps in women’s diets, without unnecessary vitamins.
Daily Matcha: High in antioxidants, protects the liver, prevents cancer, boosts metabolism, detoxifies - need I say more? @breakawaymatcha is excellent.
Digestive tea: Peppermint, meadowsweet, gentian, and turmeric optimize your digestion naturally. I’m drinking @sakaralife digestive tea at the moment, adding a dropper of dandelion for extra detox.
Daily walks/hiking: The first few months, daily walking or hiking is my go-to exercise. As tempting as it can be to hit the gym, chest sutures don’t completely stabilize for about 6 months so take it easy on your chest.