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Lindsay Mitcher on November 18, 2013
When reading stories like this one, we are reminded that the work of Cancer and Careers truly impacts lives on a tangible, practical and emotional level – and that together, we can accomplish remarkable feats.
"When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment, I had no idea of the impact it would have on my life. I resolved to do whatever it took to ensure that cancer was a detour in my career path, or perhaps a short pit-stop, rather than a total derailment. Being diagnosed at a young age was especially difficult because I felt that I had so much yet to offer, and as if years of school and training were about to be wasted.
Cancer and Careers helped not only to equip me with the tools to continue working through treatment, but to re-establish myself after treatment. I learned how to take time off, how to manage side effects, and how to ensure a successful transition back into my normal duties. After chemotherapy, radiation, and several operations, I was in remission, feeling stronger, and ready to take my career to the next level, but I didn’t know where to begin.
Cancer and Careers' National Conference on Work & Cancer addressed my concerns, and helped me draw a clear picture of what work after cancer looks like for me. I was stuck in neutral for a long time; I left the conference with the tools that I needed to move forward, and, most importantly, the confidence to start."
-Lisa, survivor post-treatment, Armed Forces
As we reflect on this season of giving, stories like Lisa’s show us that the greatest gifts are not wrapped with a bow. Your donation to Cancer and Careers carries far more meaning for those battling this disease, and enables us to continue helping cancer survivors like Lisa gain the confidence they need to thrive in the workplace.
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