Be the Boss Over Cancer

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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
triple negative breast cancer
Employment Status:
full time paralegal
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice before the age of 40. First time was on the left ...

How do you feel today?

Today, like right this moment, I feel a little shaky. I have these days that I refer to as "hitting the wall." They come from out of the blue, but as I was getting ready for work yesterday I knew I was going to end up back in bed. And I did, until 4:30 in the afternoon! I guess my body can only go so much and then it needs a break....

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I was Diagnosed with:
Angiosarcoma vascular in spine
Employment Status:
disability
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Medication Zometa IV monthly

How do you feel today?

I'm better always because I don't think about this.

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I was Diagnosed with:
low grade oligodendroglioma with areas of anaplasia
Employment Status:
Realtor full time
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
was on temodar for one full year. 3 pills a day for 5 days every month.

How do you feel today?

I feel great.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage four-non hodgkins lymphoma
Employment Status:
oncology clinical social worker
Age:
63
Type and Description of Treatments:
original chemotherapy treatment: R-chop for five months, chemo every three weeks. Now maintenance...

How do you feel today?

I feel blessed, hopeful and lucky. At times I am fatigued in a way that is hard to explain to any one who hasn't experienced chemotherapy. Currently, I am in a remission. I have always had a positive outlook which helped during the more physically challenging chemo days. Life is a wonderful treasure.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage II Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy, followed by 6 courses of CAT (Cytoxin, Adrimyacin, and Taxatere) then 3 tre...

How do you feel today?

Pretty good physically. I'm not in great shape, haven't been since I was a teenager. But I've survived all this with minimal impact to my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Colon cancer - stage 3
Employment Status:
On-call - not much work
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had colon resection surgery and 6 months of chemo.

How do you feel today?

Basically, I feel okay - still have aches and strange pains and feeling generally tired on most days. I'm having boughts of depression especially after losing my brother to cancer 8 months ago and then having my male cat pass away a few months ago. Now I'm dealing with menopause! So how do I really feel? I'm not really sure how to f...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 inoperable Lung Cancer (non small cell)
Employment Status:
Self employed Consultant and Coach
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
Aggressive chemo treatment: Cisplatin + Etoposide daily for 6 consecutive days, two weeks off, 6 ...

How do you feel today?

I feel great. I look great and I am healthy. Anyone meeting me would not realize that I had been seriously ill or a cancer patient. I have worked hard not to look like a cancer patient.

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I was Diagnosed with:
FOLLICULAR NON-HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA STAGE IV
Employment Status:
EMPLYED
Age:
54
Type and Description of Treatments:
CHEMO, RITUXINAB

How do you feel today?

I GET TIRED EASILY, JOINT PAIN EVERYWHERE. I HAD ALLERGIES BEFORE, BUT NOW THEY ARE MUCH WORSE.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage I Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
desperately seeking full time employment/working part time
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
5 months of dose dense chemo, 2months of Adriamyacin/Cytoxin administered every two weeks, 3 mont...

How do you feel today?

Physically, I feel fine. I always felt fine except during treatment. I mean, I had no symptoms from the cancer…worked out, ate right, took really good care of myself. I was the healthy one in my family. Ha. Emotionally, I have baggage…I vacillate between “Gee, I just feel so lucky to be alive” to “I know it’s just a matter of time unti...

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