Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Kathy V. on July 1, 2009
I was Diagnosed with:
breast cancer
Date of Diagnosis:
February 6, 2008
Employment Status:
truck driver
Type and Description of Treatments:
had one round of chemo and going in for my third lumpectomy 7-17-09
How do you feel today?

Today I feel kind of down, its cloudy and I pulled up this website on my email to put in more comments on my diary. I am glancing over the other diaries and it seems like a long tough road.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

My work I will be off about 12 weeks with these surgeries. I miss work, I hate leaving them at a busy time (vacations etc) I am at home and can't really do anything like physical, If you leave the house seems like you just spend money.

What is going well for you right now?

I have gotten through all my treatments and surgeries with no problem and quick healing.

What is not going well for you right now?

Not being able to work a week or so after surgery.

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

Keeping it to myself

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

Cancer web site, cry, or have a few beers.

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

yes, don't have any now, want to sell my house and have no obligations.

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

Not working due to surgery

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

It seems to be okay when I am working, I like to keep busy.

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

Do what feels right for you, everyone is different.

How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?

no, thankfully

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

Your life will always be different. Full of "What if's". Full of unknowns.