Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Rosa T. on September 23, 2008
I was Diagnosed with:
Infiltrating ductal carcinoma
Date of Diagnosis:
April 24, 2008
Employment Status:
parttime
Age:
57
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy
How do you feel today?

It is a new event daily. But today so far it is a good day where I have no complaints about my body's reaction to the chemo.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

Everything. Eating habits, physical activities.

What is going well for you right now?

Right now,I am back to work and it is going well.

What is not going well for you right now?

Legs are still very weak and lifeless.

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

The chemo treatments.

When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?

Mouth sores, joint aches, fatigue. Choose one.

How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?

I am not thinking about goals right now. I have just started chemo and have not fully come to grips with what is happening to my body.

What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?

Partime. 6A-10A--4 days a week

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?

Not able to work on a daily basis.

What has helped you continue to work the most?

Just wanting to get out of the house and need the extra spending money.

What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?

Take it one day at a time.

How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?

Deal with them as they come the best that you can; write down each experience.

If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?

I dont know.