Mam, I hate to hear that. I had a level 1 separation 4 years ago and I completely recovered from it.
Grade 1 A/C separations are very minor injuries, they heal 100%. It's no different than a mild ankle sprain in that it's a very slight tear to one of the ligaments.
The bad A/C separations are Grades 4, 5 and 6. At this level, every ligament is completely ruptured, and the Grade indicates how / where the clavicle is displaced. That is, where it has moved to vs. its correct anatomical position. They always require surgery. Lower grades are treated with rest, ice and PT.
I had a Grade 4. I'd be very happy if the pain was intermittent and in the mild / moderate category.