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Will St Leger, who accompanied Noah on his journey, gave a guide for carers.

Will St Leger

Top Surgery (double mastectomy) can be a big deal for even the most capable and independent of people. Recovery will limit a person’s movements and use up all their energy for days or weeks afterward. They will need some help from a family member or close friend. If you are volunteering to provide post surgery care for anyone, there’s a few things you need to be mindful of before taking on the task.

Relationship with the person in recovery.

Providing almost around-the-clock care for someone going through post surgery can be testing, even for the most compassionate person. Unless you’re a health professional, you need to have a close bond with the person in recovery, as you will be providing assistance with most of their psychical, emotional, nutritional, and sometimes psychological needs.

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