Running After Breast Cancer: Benched by New Boobs

Hi, I'm Katie. I'm many things: a mom, a wife, a professional, an AMR team member, and I'm also a breast cancer survivor. I'll be sharing my story here on Another Mother Runner as I get back into a regular running routine and train for a half marathon. I hope you'll come along. Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Well, surgery #3 happened last Friday and I feel great! As everyone who has been down this path before told me, this surgery is a piece of cake compared to the bilateral mastectomy. I was in and out of the hospital in 5 hours and was able to make pancakes for my kids Saturday morning.  

Here are my girls the morning of my surgery. FYI: Fruit Loops cures all kinds of kid anxiety. #Youdowhatyougottado

The big bummer is that I’m benched from running for 3 weeks. I was late dropping my kids off at school on Monday (what’s new?) and I told them to start running to the door before it closed. I forgot, started running, and was in pain after one stride.  I guess I really will have to listen to the doctor on this one.

The sweet pictures my kids made for me.  “Do Your Best. Form Maeve.” I know in my heart that while this year has changed their lives forever, I truly believe that they are going to be stronger, braver, and more resilient in tough situations they face down the road. #girlpower

In the meantime, I don’t want to let all the work I’ve done January through April slip away. My plan is to take long walks 3x a week, take a few spin classes at CycleBar, and maybe even get back into yoga. I can barely lift my arms above my head, so I’m not sure how I’ll even be able to do a Downward Dog, but it won’t be the first time I’ll be laughed at in a yoga class!

How have you stayed in shape while you’ve been benched with an injury?

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5 responses to “Running After Breast Cancer: Benched by New Boobs

  1. HI! so…I am not a mother runner, but I am a runner who was diagnosed with BC last summer. On my birthday! 🙁 Anyway, I also did 20 weeks of chemo and then had a double mastectomy and currently have my tissue expanders in, so I found this blog searching for any info on running after BC. My PS has also asked when I want to do the exchange, and I have put it off until the fall so I can get back in shape and lose some of the chemo weight. I will continue to follow your progress as I am curious how it is to get back into activity after the exchange for the implants. Congrats on finishing this last surgery!

  2. I am not coming back from an injury. Just wanted to say that I love #youdowhatyougottado and #girlpower in this post. Keep on keeping on! You can do it. #youareinspiring

  3. Hi! Katie! I had a boot on for 6 weeks and I just kept walking. I did what I could. I find that your body remembers what to do when you go back. Walking really keeps it up when you cannot run. I would love to invite you to a race I train for here in JAX – The Donna 26.2 which was started over 10 years ago by a breast cancer survivor – Donna Deegan. The race benefits the research of Dr Edith Perez who is the person who figured out how to use DNA to target the treatments as well as supporting women financially during treatment. They offer multiple races and I have completed both the full and the half multiple times. They have a lot of wonderful surprises for survivors. Let me know if you are coming in 2018!!

  4. I can totally relate. I had my second reconstruction surgery three weeks ago and went out for my first run Tuesday….slow with a lot of walking but I was out there!!!!! Walking and yoga. Doing Race for the Cure Saturday and this year it has an entirely different meaning.

  5. Situation: ankle fixed. This entailed removing a stray bone and bursa sack, and 35-40 stitches into my Achilles to repair damage from said stray bone.

    Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones – modified to sitting on my butt. Didn’t do anything with my legs for the most part as one was in a cast and I wasn’t to put pressure on it, at all. But the arms and abs, oh yes. So that, four days a week, til I was in a walking boot. Once I was in a walking boot, Dr. wanted me hoofing it 2-3 miles a day, so I did.

    Long road, but worth it!

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