Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Susan B. on January 6, 2013
I was Diagnosed with:
Stage III C Papillary Serous Uterine/Cervix
Date of Diagnosis:
September 25, 2012
Employment Status:
Short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery October 10, 2012, First Chemo October 18, 2012 Taxol and Carboplantin, just finished my fourth with a total of six planned. After third chemo had CTs which shows no spread and one lymph node decreased
How do you feel today?

I am blessed, after chemo have four to five days of feeling pretty bad, joint and muscle pain then unable to sleep for two to three days after that then good. Goal was to return to work on a reduced hours but never could get things worked out so still on short term disability.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

I do not take one moment for granted. I am blessed. Not working has been tough but given me the chance to really heal and smell the roses.

What is going well for you right now?

Ability to start healthy exercise and eating schedule. Quality time with family and friends. Reestablish friendships.

What is not going well for you right now?

Concerned for my future. Single without plans to retire until 70, due to being downsized two times in last 10 years have not been able to get my finances in order. Want to go back to work but uncertain as to what will happen.

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

Loss of control of my life.

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

Making clear decision related to work, disability, etc. Family, Friends and God.

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

My long term goals are where to work until 70, travel and spend money on my grandchildren.

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

Short term disability, 66.6 % of salary.

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

Not working.

What has helped you continue to work the most?

Could never get things worked out for reduced hours.

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

Re-look at short term disability.

How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?

Mediation, tai chi and restedications.

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

All we are promised is today. Live each moment and be grateful for what you have.