Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Nancy D. on December 20, 2008
I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Date of Diagnosis:
December 1, 2008
Employment Status:
Small Business owner celebrating 20 Years in Business
Type and Description of Treatments:
DCIS Diagnosed on 12/1/08 breast removed on 12/12/08. Pathology back on 12/17/08 and I am clean.
How do you feel today?

Today 12/20/08 - I feel tired, relieved, thankful, overwhelmed and bored all at the same time. Did not have reconstruction done so surgery was quick and to the point. A week later and only a little swelling left. It all happened so quick I don't think I can be grateful yet since I haven't accepted I have breast cancer left. Eventually I think it will all catch up with me but I'm ready to do back to work.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

I am missing my left breast and nothing else. I don't want to dwell on this I want to move on and go back to my life.

What is going well for you right now?

Recovery is going realy really well.

What is not going well for you right now?

The boredom is making me nuts. I am used to going all day....

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

The decisions that have to be made and second guessing myself.

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

My family.

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

Absolutely NOT!

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

Taking some time off -

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

I never take time off. This is very unique for me.

What has helped you continue to work the most?

Any day I work is a productive day. It is a complete day - even if it's only for a little while or just answering the phones.

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

Not started yet

How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?

Not started yet

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

Go with your gut on your decisions and try to not listen so much to everyone....