Be the Boss Over Cancer

Read on for seven steps to creating a successful career by our expert career coach Bud Bilanich.

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Writer, comedian, and self-proclaimed "Fresca enthusiast" H. Alan Scott shares his tales of balancing work and cancer in this new (and hilarious) guest blog!

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Today was a historic day for the country and those coping with cancer: the Supreme Court of the United States released a decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka 'healthcare reform' or 'Obamacare').

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Refocusing on your career after cancer is hard enough, but to add an extra challenge, you may be more likely to be looking for a job that will allow you the flexibility to accommodate your health needs. Maybe it’s a part-time schedule, a flexible schedule, or the option to work from home. Read on for three tips to set yourself up for success!

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Kathy, our newest guest blogger, is here to share! Also, resume tips and more from the person who looks at them everyday.

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There has been a big buzz lately in the media about the fact that many American companies are blatantly discriminating against unemployed Americans. New York Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell recently wrote an article about the trend of help-wanted ads specifically asking for only the employed to apply.

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I appreciate the opportunity to tell my story, which continues to evolve on a daily basis. By means of introduction, I am 43 and was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer when I was 41. I work for a large Internet company in Advertising Sales.

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Most of us have built up a carefully constructed work persona and we work hard at protecting that persona by keeping a fairly strict line of demarcation between our personal and professional lives. Returning to work after a lengthy absence of nine months following treatment for breast cancer was an unsettling time for me, as those

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Create Your Communications Plan: Based on the information you've gleaned in the earlier steps (see Jennifer's previous blog here), it's time to start thinking about how you want to handle your business and what you want to say. There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to treatment—how long it will take to recover from a procedure, when you won't

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When you're diagnosed with cancer, it's important to think about how you'll handle your business before you share the news with clients or peers. The news is scary enough, so anticipate what you want to say and how you want to say it. Here are some tips that might help if you're self-employed.

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Several weeks elapsed between diagnosis and surgery. I thought I had enough answers so I could start telling my most active clients. My message was simple: “I have breast cancer, but the good news is that's it's curable. I have an XX month treatment plan ahead of me, and the doctors expect me to be able to perform most of the time at the same level

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I knew the diagnosis before I ever met with my doctor. His assistant called to ask me into the office to discuss the results...that afternoon. Just like in the movies, it's never a good sign.

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The most challenging thing about having cancer is having cancer…That you are in the “club” that you don’t necessarily want to be in. Just the word “cancer” always freaked me out because it always had such a dark cloud around it. I think that cancer today allows people to live long lives and survive, as opposed to cancer years ago.

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I clearly remember receiving the phone call in May 2006 from my doctor telling me that I had stage 1 breast cancer. I was home alone and once I heard the word cancer everything else seemed to go dead and muffled and I just kept hearing cancer reverberating in my mind. She began talking about different courses for treatment. I told her I had to call

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There are so many things that I forget to write about, it would take me 10 pages to cram in all the wonderful things people did to make my life more bearable while going through treatment. My coworkers teamed up with family and friends to throw me a fantastic semi-surprise party. I thought I was just having people over for BBQ and drinks, but later

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There are some drawbacks to working. It would be nice to hang out at a health spa for the duration of treatment, but that doesn’t happen. As a 26 year-old woman I had to work through my illness. I needed insurance and money for continued care. I had to work through guilt that I wasn’t doing enough work for my projects. Someone eventually told me to

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I had cancer field trips where I took people from work with me to chemo and radiation treatments. They’ve seen me be aligned for radiation and watched me be connected through my portacath to a chemo infusion. I spared no details and told them what everything felt like.

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For me, it was easy to be open about my cancer diagnosis with co-workers. The news spread like a brush fire around the office until my boss caught wind of it. Greg, my functional leader, was great. He set up a meeting with HR so that I knew what to do when it was time to go on medical leave for surgery. I was told not to worry about my job, and

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“Are you back to work yet?” is probably my third most asked question about cancer. The first being, “How are you feeling” and second, “What kind?” The answer to the first one is that I feel okay…Sometimes I am a little tired but that’s normal under the circumstances. The second is Angiosarcoma, which is a very rare vascular cancer that effects

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