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Cancer and Careers is collecting snapshots of the cancer experience by asking working people with cancer at all phases of their treatment and recovery to answer the same series of questions about their outlook, their work experience and advice they would give others. We invite you to read their stories and share your own.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lung cancer and lymph node as well
Employment Status:
Floor covering
Gender/Age:
Male/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
Non-operable, gave him until summer, treatments may prolong life, but no guarentee

How do you feel today?

Beyond sad, this man is my life, I have never met a man like him. He is and will always be my soul mate. No words can describe what we are going through.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3
Employment Status:
Medical Leave
Gender/Age:
Female/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
As I answered the phone on April 10th I heard the voice my surgeon, his voice was very gentle as ...

How do you feel today?

Today is April 30th, 2013 and I am now 11-days post-op; recovery stage is a bit more than I anticipated; however, I’m getting strong daily and getting ready to meet the oncologist for the Chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Early breast cancer
Employment Status:
working
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
Early stage breast cancer. See surgeon on April 10th and go from there.

How do you feel today?

I feel scared, angry, sad and lost.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Heptocellular Carcinoma (Primary Liver Cancer)
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Male/63
Type and Description of Treatments:
So far I have had one TACE procedure. (TransArtirialCatheterEblation)

How do you feel today?

I feel OK. I don't feel phyisically different, knowing that I have Cancer. I have been dealing with the side effects of Stage four Cirhosis of the Liver and chronic hepatitus-C for about 5 years. So I can't say that anything has really changed.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Infiltrating ductal carcinoma, lobular
Employment Status:
Full
Gender/Age:
Female/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a mammogram on 07/02/12 followed by an ultrasound. On 07/03/12 biopsy and then 07/05/12 dia...

How do you feel today?

I still don't believe I had cancer. Physically I feel good...mentally not quite there.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Registered Nurse
Gender/Age:
Female/35
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation.

How do you feel today?

I'm feeling sad, and not myself but trying to stay strong for my kids!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/26
Type and Description of Treatments:
Well I have chosen not to have any treatment for the moment I am trying to assume everything, I k...

How do you feel today?

I feel tired and very very confused I don't know what to do or if I am going to receive a treatment.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Anal Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed: Full Time
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:

How do you feel today?

I feel ... OK. I wish I felt better but I just don't. I still can't sleep. I worry too much and it affects my time at work.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
16-20 Weeks of Chemotherapy Mastectomy and reconstructive surgery 6 weeks of radiation treatment

How do you feel today?

Tired and sad

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I was Diagnosed with:
adenocarcinoma duct
Employment Status:
Truck Driver
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Just had a port put in 2/27/09 had all the mri, ct scan, bone test

How do you feel today?

I feel very upset, all this is going so fast, I have to miss work for all these tests. I am really not getting enough answers not sure if the treatment is worth it, it seems I read a lot of people having mastectomies? I have not yet received all the reports from my core biopsy as they lost the first one. They did another on Friday wh...

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