Be the Boss Over Cancer

I rcently returned to work almost two weeks ago. I truly feel that no one understands what it is to have chemobrain, even when I explain it. Im afraid that I am going to forget or do something incorrectly due to lack of memory and focus as part of my job and I will be written up for it. I also feel so overwhelmed, because my position is very demanding. Im afraid my supervisor doesnt understand that I am not the same person that I was when I took time off for the chemotherapy. I know it can take up to 6 months to get back to normal. I am now second guessing working in this position and afraid the apply for a new job due to the chemobrain.


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  • Harry K.

    Harry K. on Mar 27, 2012

    Hi Alicia:

    I'm in the same boat as you. I returned to work suffering from chemo brain and depression. I did find work challenging and was under pressure to get things done for political reasons--but I couldn't. Got written up for it. When asked to explain my behavior, all I could say was that I had cancer.

    Chemobrain can eventually fade. Although I notice mine rears it's head again when I'm under a lot of strain or pressure or stress. Now that job hunting can take time, so I would recommend at least getting the ball rolling. If an opportunity comes up, remember that you always have the choice of turning down a job offer if you don't think it's a good fit with your siutation.

  • Jacqueline M.

    Jacqueline M. on Jul 18, 2012

    I understand what you are going though, I went back to work pretty quickly after my last chemo treatment and even though they gave me a lighter work load it was tough. I remember not lasting more that 5 hours a day and then I would be drained. I was forgetting things left and right, but I wanted to do my best to be there. I would say just do your best and explain to your boss how you feel day to day and just try your best to work when you can, and when you cant...come back the next day and go from there. I wished myself that I just took a little more time off and rested a bit more but I do understand everyone needs to make a living. I hope this helped.

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