Some guidelines from our physiotherapist on things you can do (and not do) to help yourself recover after your breast cancer surgery. Do start using the arm on the affected side for light tasks (brushing your hair, using your mobile phone) the day after surgery. Do take adequate painkillers (as prescribed for you) to help you do your exercises properly. Do let pain be your guide – it is normal to feel a gentle stretch when you exercise but you should not feel pain. Do stand tall and try to keep your back straight.  Good posture is very important after breast surgery to recover full arm function. Do your exercises daily as advised by your physiotherapist. Do go back to your normal activities as soon as possible.  As soon as you are able, try to help yourself. Do get all the rest you need. Don’t use the arm on the affected side for heavy tasks such as vacuuming, hanging out washing or window cleaning for the first 6 weeks after your surgery. Don’t drive until your doctor says you can. Don’t exert yourself or get over tired. Don’t lift heavy objects (heavy = >2,5kg) Don’t get discouraged.  Let your doctor, friends and family stand by you on this rollercoaster ride.  A happy outlook and confidence will help you recover. Don’t allow family and friends to wait on you.  Try to be self-sufficient again as soon as possible. Don’t sleep on your affected arm or lie on that...