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Hi...the body type is usually ectomorph. If the type runs in your family...you might have picked up the tendency (weakness within your lung) towards some of the qualities of that body type.

Regarding your collapse, you might never have had one until later years (maybe during/after an illness such as a cold/flu) if you didn't do the type of hard exercise you do....especially considering the age you are (no, you didn't cause it), but the reality is that you've had it, had the surgery and you need to take some precautions regarding your future, especially during the healing phase.
If one lung has collapsed, it's many times that the other one will follow, so you'd want the one lung healed without causing undue stress on it during that time.

I'm female, classic ectomorph body type. My first collapse was when I was 19, then again when I was 20, then 9 months later just before my 21st birthday when I was tubed in the hospital 4 times and ultimately the thoracotomy (all in Sept 1975), removal?/stitching of blebs (but not like the VATS removal) and pleurodesis. That was open chest.

At that time, it was stated I had blebs in the left lung, albeit mild...was told to not get pregnant for at least a year because of the pressure it would put on my breathing and especially childbirth. I've never had children, but that wasn't the reason. I don't, nor ever have done strenuous exercise, I have asthma (inherited), ulcerative colitis (inherited probably) and liver disease Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (autoimmune because they like to party together). My left lung never collapsed, and the right one is fine (just seems to entertain doctors at the stitching in there when I have a chest x-ray)

Maybe you're an ecto meso body type.....?

You should wait the suggested length of time regarding lifting....and when you resume, your decision to what type of lifting could put extra pressure on your lungs. There's no reason you cannot adjust your exercise regimen and continue through your entire life. There are a gazillion options regarding exercise, sports and lifting whatever.
I rode horses for many years after the surgery, lifted 50 pound saddles, hay bales, furniture if needed, etc.

From my surgery, the anatomy of my shoulder and chest has been impacted (incision from under right breast to under and up alongside the right shoulder blade), so I do get some discomfort from the rib removal/replacement and some of the muscular and numbness issues (which aren't what you have to deal with). I also get pain where the stitching was on the upper right under the collar bone and into my breast. As I am now 60, the importance of muscle strength has become more important....so exercise I am introducing does hurt that area more than other areas that are just out of shape :-b

If you're hard core to the max....that's a psychological issue that you'll need to work through and change your mindset. The inner workings, prone-to happen, etc....your body does what it does....how it works, no matter in the best outer physical condition, you have no control.
Working it harder can make things happen faster possibly and stress the body more than normal.
Playing sports such as a contact football might be reconsidered.

It is what it is. You've been through a very painful health crisis and surgery. The possibility is there for something to go awry, but that doesn't mean it will. You have the ability to make changes that will allow your body to be in top shape as well as look forward to live a full and active life.

My take on it from my perspective oh so many years later.

Hang tough....Keep us posted how you're doing.
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