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Rebecca Nellis on March 29, 2011
Just diagnosed and not sure what to do about work (or anything else)? You aren't alone. For most people, after they've talked to their healthcare team and family and have begun to put a treatment strategy in place, the next concern on their list is work. And, the prospect is daunting and can be scary too. Questions such as: Can I work? Should I work? What are my rights at work? Who and how to tell at work? What kind of options are there for working? And more all come tumbling out. We've pulled together some of our most popular content to help you overcome some of those initial hurdles and get organized after a cancer diagnosis.
Create an Action Plan
Having a plan can help restore your sense of control and leave you with more energy to cope with the rest of the process. But keep it flexible, because things will change. Start by make a list of everything you need to do -- breaking it up into small parts can make things less daunting -- and then prioritizing. And don't forget the cardinal rule of management: Delegate whenever possible. Read more about how to create an action plan here: www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/creating-an-action-plan
Sharing The News
One of the biggest challenges employees with cancer face is sharing their diagnosis with their employers and co-workers. Should you tell? And if you do share your diagnosis, determining what to tell — and to whom — can give rise to a complicated grid of questions. We've pulled together some tips to get you started on these first steps here: www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Sharing-the-News
Managing Treatment Side Effects
Cancer can drain you physically and mentally, but there are ways to bolster your inner reserves. You can cut down on stress by simply admitting that you aren't a superwoman. Specially tailored food and fitness plans can ward off fatigue and other side effects. Plus, there's your psyche — the most important weapon in your arsenal against the disease. Plus get information on wigs, skin care, exercise and more: www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Managing-Treatment-Side-Effects
Legal and Financial
Worried about your insurance now that you've been diagnosed with cancer? Want to know what legal rights you have or how to take time off from work for treatment? Then read more in the Legal and Financial section of our website here: www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work/Legal-and-Financial
Read stories from other men and women who have not just survived but thrived during and after cancer treatment on our Collective Diary: www.cancerandcareers.org/diary
Ask A Career Coach
And lastly, to get personalized advice on any problem that you may be encountering as you begin to deal with issues dealing with cancer and work, Cancer and Careers offers free career coaching here: www.cancerandcareers.org/career-coaching.