I was diagnosed with breast cancer in two tumors just two days before Thanksgiving 2009. I will be having my surgery and immediate TRAM reconstruction on Wednesday next week. For anyone who has had this done, can you tell me what recuperation is really like? I am blessed that my husband is active duty, so I do not have to worry about getting back to work. However, I am concerned about the side effects, pain level, activity level, etc. I want to still be able to take care of my family. My oncology surgeon said I will begin chemotherapy two weeks after surgery. Any knowledge and advice you can share will be appreciated. Thank you!