My surgery was 8 months ago and I still get a little "burn" once in a while, not where the tumor was but under my arm where the nodes were removed. The numbness is slight and I don't even notice it anymore. Trust me, you will tune it out too. It's a small price to pay for your overall health, Renee and the good news is that it doesn't affect your strength in the long run. I lift weights just like I used to. Luck!