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- I was Diagnosed with:
- Breast Cancer
- Date of Diagnosis:
- July 14, 2009
- Employment Status:
- Type and Description of Treatments:
- Lumpectomy, Chemo & Radiation
- How do you feel today?
I've had my first chemo treatment and except for the first week after I've been feeling pretty good.
I have my next treatment coming up this Thursday.
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
I was double whammied in July. I was laid off from my job and 2 weeks later diagnosed. My whole world has been turned upside down.
I'm trying to find another job, but no one is willing to hire me because of the chemo.
- What is going well for you right now?
As stated above all except for the first week after treatment I've been feeling really good. I try to exercise each day and hopefully this I will be able to continue throughout treatment.
- What is not going well for you right now?
I am still unable to find a job.
- What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
The most challenging has been the acceptance and the pressure from my family to talk. I am a very private person and don't feel the need to tell everyone.
- When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
I go to my daughter. She is my caregiver. We have been through a lot in the past 10 years and I draw my
strength from her and she from me.
- How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
I had planned many improvements to my home and this has changed everything. I don't know what the future holds for me because of my age and job status.
All I can do is pray and put this in God's hands.
- What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
I am unemployed
- What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Exercise as I have been told is the key. I was very active up until the diagnosis. I try to walk 4 miles every day and still do lower body workouts and sit-ups.
I am a firm believer that if you get the endorphins going that's half the battle.
- How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
I took the meds for nausea and walked as it became possible. When receiving the booster shot for the white blood cells my bones ached, but I still tried to walk.
- If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
You caught this early, you will be a survivor. Take things one day at a time and listen to your body. Not what everyone else tells you to do.