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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:
Lymphoma of the brain
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery to remove 1" X 2" gray matter behind right eye. Followed by chemo (chop) & radiation then...

How do you feel today?

GREAT !!! Just have to be tested every year now!

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I was Diagnosed with:
IIA Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy with sentinel lymph node removal.

How do you feel today?

How do I feel today? Strong and Resilient are the words that immediately come to me. Tired and Raw are the words that sneak in when no one is looking. I have one final surgery left. Candidly, it's been a miraculous year full of ups and downs. My breast cancer is in remission and besides the on-going worry of recurrence; I am blessed to...

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I was Diagnosed with:
chronic myelogenous leukemia and Stage II breast cancer
Employment Status:
full-time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
Gleevec (oral chemo for leukemia) and adromicin citoxin and taxol (iv chemo for breast cancer) A...

How do you feel today?

Today, I feel ok, I have my good and bad days but I have a lot of support from my family, friends, and co-workers to face anything that comes. Everyone that's around me knows in detail what I am going through because to me this is a fight that you don't fight alone. Cancer not only changes the life of the patient it changes the life ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2b, HER 2 pos, ER/PR pos breast cancer
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a bilateral mastectomy with 9 negative lymph nodes removed in September of 2008 and began c...

How do you feel today?

I feel incredible- thankful for amazing amounts of energy and beautiful people in my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage II
Employment Status:
on disability
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
Originally diagnosed at stage 0. After L. mastectomy and expander, pathology came back to stage ...

How do you feel today?

Depressed, tired, pain.

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I was Diagnosed with:
dcis
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
mastectomy and see the oncologist every 6 months- mri and mammograms alternating every 6 months

How do you feel today?

Today- I am okay- besides have breast cancer- I was diagnosed with Lupus 30 years ago and crohns 28 years ago- so I have a lot of health issues but I do work full time- divorced- have 2 beautiful and helpful daughters, 2 great son-in-laws, and 2 1/2 granddaughters- the 1/2 granddaughter is due to arrive in early November- also 3 grand ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Stage IIIb Inoperable
Employment Status:
self employed - part time
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
Aggressive Chemotherapy (Cisplatin and Etoposide) along with 32 days of Radiation fall 2007. Same...

How do you feel today?

I feel really well today. I look healthy and no one would ever suspect that I have Lung Cancer. I have experienced side effects that I continue to address.

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast cancer
Employment Status:
truck driver
Age:
45
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.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 Lumpectomies/30 sessions of radiation and am currently on tamoxifen for the next 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel great! All my tests have come back negative!! Today, June 23, 2009, is my ONE year anniversary that I am cancer free! A SURVIVOR!! What a glorious day!!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3B
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had a Left modified radical mastectomy with 29 lymph nodes removed. The cancer mass was 10cm, 28...

How do you feel today?

I feel as close to normal as I expect to ever feel. Get tired faster than I expect...it takes longer to recover after doing any strenuous activities. I'm cancer free and happy to be here. What could be better than that. The health side effects from the treatment are minor and don't interfere with my everyday life.

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