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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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed but on leave
Age:
30
Type and Description of Treatments:
Treatment for me has not begun. I will see my doctor on 01/06/09 and we will discuss treatment o...

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. Before the diagnosis I was extremely tired. Since the surgery, every day I feel myself getting stronger physically. It's the emotional part I'm worried about. I'm Sally Sunshine; Polly Positive. I'm so busy being upbeat for everyone else that I'm wearing myself out. Should I stop being positive for them?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Small Business owner celebrating 20 Years in Business
Age:
47
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 ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Pancoast Tumor
Employment Status:
Employed, currently on short term disability
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Originally I was being treated for a torn rotator cuff, that's what my symptoms pointed to. Then...

How do you feel today?

How do I feel? Emotionally; terrified, angry, sad... a little of everything. I am so angry at myself for smoking when the facts about lung cancer have been right in front of my face. I thought I'd be one of the lucky ones. Physically; I hurt. The tumor is sitting against the nerves that run down my back and right arm. The pain m...

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast cancer
Employment Status:
full time
Gender/Age:
/55
Type and Description of Treatments:
Not yet begun, having difficulty getting the HMO to approve before the 1st of May because I chang...

How do you feel today?

Positive, but frustrated to not have my surgery date. Worried about my colleague who is going into surgery for cervical cancer today. Thankful for the verbal support I have received so far especially from my sisters and best friends. I hope they will be able to handle it. I worry about that in a selfish but also concerned way.

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