Professional Worker and Single Mom -A Cancer Survivor
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My life was going well. I was just turning 40 and out celebrating with my college friends. I was saying how lucky we all were to be healthy to be happy and to be mother's -although I was no longer a wife or spouse to anyone. I was recently divorced and grateful for my kids and my new townhouse and the chance to start over. Shortly after Thanksgiving that year I was ordered to a local hospital for a needle biopsy in my throat. I had been sluggish and tired since I was 31. I was diagnosed with papillary cancer Dec 2 2006. I went for surgery and returned to work. I would have been at my company almost 9 years when they called me in at the end of the day as the new year began that I was to be let go. It took me just 7 months to find a new job and my new co. was a supporter of the American Cancer Society. I was let go May 7 -after requesting my vacation time for July. I mad a mistake telling my boss I had to return to the hospital July 13 so I might as well take that week for vacation. He said to me...Judy what is going on with this cancer." I told him I am fine. It is follow up. That was the truth. I was let go and all I heard from him was.."it's unfortunate we have to let you go today." You are just no longer the right fit. How could that be -I brought to them all my accounts from my former company and then some. I was an over achiever and went the extra mile all the time. That was just ME. Now, to have health coverage my monthly premium to Cobra is 331. That does not account for my home, my car and my children and all the living expenses. How will I be able to pay everyhting on NJ unemployment. I need advise - 1 is i need to find a new job and quick. I need to also find a better health plan. I feel personally both jobs let me go due to my cancer follow up but by law they can't admit to it. I also can't fight them as I need both as a reference for my next job. I almost rather find out I'm sick again so as not to have to deal with all this again. I don't seem to be as marketable. I also have a huge scar across my neck area so it' s hard to not tell someone the truth when they meet me.