I had stage 2A Hodgkin's Disease 18 years ago when I was 18 years old. I had full mantle radiation for four weeks, concentrated on the side with all of the tumors. I didn't realize until the last year or so how much smaller my left side is than my right. Part of the reason was that it was hard to look at my misshapen body and part was that I didn't realize what it was I was seeing.
My massage therapist, who specializes in deep tissue and medical issues, helped me see myself more clinically and clearly. In addition to the smaller size, I have been diagnosed with asymmetrical plural thickening on the left side.
Last year, I had realized that I was compensating for the left side weakness by using my right arm/side when needing any strength to do anything, from carrying laundry to pushing shopping carts. Now I use the left side and I sometimes put weights into my purse and carry it until my shoulder gets tired. I try and stretch the area where I can feel the scarring and do deep breathing. It will take years but I am determined to build up my left shoulder/side as much as I can. I was lucky enough to survive and now I must make the most of it!