Hi Scott. Good luck on your surgery. I'm sure you have a great team of surgeons and they will take great care of you.My scar is about 14 inches long with four nice hole scars below from the drainage tubes. I'm sure it will eventually fade with time. I'm 56 years old and have been active all my life. Run/swim/hike/bike. As my surgeon told me .... you can't escape genetics.
There will be days and even weeks when you will feel like it will never be over. Hang in there and just take it day by day and you will. Try not to compare your recovery to what others have. That's where I struggled a lot. It's been six months! That guy on Facebook was feeling better why am I not? Once I stopped the comparisons it was easier on me. Maybe that will help you too.Again good luck and God bless :)
I wanted to add to the "Stay Positive" message. Amazing progress can be made.
As for the scar, mine is 9" long, a "white" line down the middle of my chest. It's been there eight years and no one in the locker room has ever commented on it. (My defibrillator, which went in later, has drawn a couple questions.) I never give it a second thought. Consider it a combat medal. Or a sign of a medical miracle. When I was born, they couldn't've done anything like this.
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