Rhonda W. on July 9, 2011
I am a registered nurse who has been out of work since Jan 2010 due to metastatic breast cancer. I have 25 years experience as an RN but my educational level is only at a diploma level. For the last 9 years before my mbc diagnosis I had a job that I enjoyed very much as a staff nurse in a large hospital. It took alot of effort on my part to be diagnosed with mbc because I had many doctors telling me that nothing was wrong. When I started 3 times a month chemotherapy in Feb 2010 I figured that I would probably die soon because I didn't feel well at all. I lost my full time job in July 2010 the day I hit 12 weeks of FMLA. I didn't worry much because I had been on good terms at my job and didn't think I would have a hard time getting rehired if I ever started feeling better. Fast forward to now I have SSDI which provides a decent income but I am feeling better and really miss being around people. I am still on 3 times monthly chemotherapy and will be indefinitely according to my oncologist. The nursing jobs in my area are gone. The hospitals are hiring some new graduates only. I could start getting worse anytime I know but would like to get some kind of job while I am basically feeling fairly good. My oncologist recommends keeping SSDI because of my continuing chemotherapy. He says that I will qualify for it for the rest of my life. I would love a part-time job even at a local convenience store so I can help contribute to our family income and be around people some more. I don't know how to explain why I am applying for such a lower level job than I have always worked in. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.