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My incision is vertical. Core strength is a challenge, and it is due to the incision. I still do core strengthening exercise, plus light weights. Long walks as mentioned, and have added spin biking. If I overdo it even a little on the core exercises, I have pain for a day or so around the incision. That has been the case since surgery. I have not been able to successfully recover core strength to what I had before surgery.
This may be a surprise. I am 14 years out from surgery. My protocol is full
blood panels plus A1C every six months. So far, other than diabetes, I am
OK. The surgeon told me I was cancer free after the surgery, but warned of
statistics of recurrence. Another of my doctors after five years said I was
cancer free, and if any occurrence came up, it would be considered and
classified as a new occurrence, not a recurrence. But, really are we ever
cancer free after a PC diagnosis? Our body may be cancer free, but it never
really goes away mentally. Once you know the odds and other statistics, it
seems to me you cannot un-know them. I don't think of it as often as I did
the first two years. I learned to accept the worry would always be there,
and go on with living. It got easier with passing time.
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