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Last week an article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times that showed how quickly things can change at work after a cancer diagnosis, sometimes for the better, in this case for the worse.  Margaret Walsh had been in her position at a community college for four months when she got an ovarian and abdominal cancer diagnosis in February of 2009.  The school then gave her 3 months of unpaid leave, after which she returned to work part-time.

Less than a month later she was told she would have to return to work full-time. However, she then became seriously ill and had to take another unpaid leave.  It was at that point that she received a termination letter from the college.

When something like this happens, our first suggestion is always to suggest the person contact a lawyer (we refer to  the Cancer Legal Resource Center), however sometimes there isn't really a legal issue on the table.  See below for some tips on what to do after you've lost your job.

If you want personalized assistance with the job search, please contact  our career coaches here: http://cancerandcareers.org/career-coaching/.

For more information on Margaret Walsh situation's see http://chicagoemploymentattorneysblog.com/2010/05/woman-claims-she-was-fired-because-of-discrimination-of-disability.html

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