Linda R. on November 13, 2010
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and have been undergoing treatments (mastectomy, chemo & radiation) for the last 8 months. The company that I'm working for provides employees with a disability policy. So, I was allowed to work as I could and my income was/is subsidized by the disability income. I completed my radiation last week and was told my my oncologists that I could probably return to work part time after the first of the year, depending on how I was recovering.
Due to office changes and the economy, my company will be laying me off before I'm able to go back to work. This isn't such a bad thing, because it was a very high stress job, and I don't want to have that kind of work environment during my recovery, or possibly never again.
I'd like some advice on how this all works - once January rolls around and I'm cleared for work, will my disability decrease? Will I qualify for unemployment, at least partial? How can I search for a part time job to carry me as I recover? My insurance is provided by my job, so I will have to elect Cobra, but the cost is a little overwhelming ($1500 monthly), are there other options?
I'm sure there is more information I will need as I go through this next part of my journey.