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- I was Diagnosed with:
- Date of Diagnosis:
- May 21, 2010
- Employment Status:
- Type and Description of Treatments:
- Stage 2 Lymphoma, Chemo and radiation
- How do you feel today?
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
I lost my hair, was fired for my job in the middle of treatment. I worked for Aegis Communications and did Medicare enrollments for United Health Care (do not care), was accused of an illegal enrollment, proved I did not do the enrollment, was fired anyways. Filed with EEOC, they took the case. Aegis will not respond. My case was removed from Mediation to Investigation. In the meantime I cannot afford my copays and bills!
- What is going well for you right now?
I am still alive and believe in God!
- What is not going well for you right now?
I am sick, broke, lost confidence, depressed, worried about my future! Now I have to have eae surgery, I am tired!
- What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Enduring the sickness, lost hair, weak, getting up everyday!
- When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
Family, friends, God, prayer!
- How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
I need to get strong and get back in the work force.
- What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
Trying to get certified to sell medicare, I need money for the leads, confidence selling again!
- Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
My confidence in corporate america and the unbelievable lack of help from society!
- What has helped you continue to work the most?
I really cannot answer that now!
- What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Make sure you always have a large savings account and do not tell your employer you have cancer.
- How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
Medicine, elevating head at night, being very careful what I eat etc!
- If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
Make sure you do regular exams, eat right, pay attention to abnormal symptoms.