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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:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bi-lateral mastectomy with 6 cycles of chemotherapy for 4 months

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. I had lunch with friends after a pet scan. No nausea or aches today after my first chemo session on Thursday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Full time sales
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy, taxotere, carboplatin and herceptin. Will then have a full mastectomy with reconst...

How do you feel today?

Kinda sickly. It's cold outside and my head and ears are cold. I'm tired already of being bald and I want my hair back and I want this to all be over.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ductal Carcanoma-Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Double mastectomy

How do you feel today?

Hopeful, inspired to make my life count.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Breast Cancer- Her 2 positive
Employment Status:
Full time with graduate school in clinical Psychology
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
Currently awaiting surgery (double mastectomy) with chemotherapy to follow for 4-6 months.

How do you feel today?

I'm feeling great, and I have been since being diagnosed. It's amazing how alive getting a cancer diagnosis has made me feel, and how much incredible support I have in my life that I never knew existed. Although I do have some fear, I'm mainly feeling drawn toward re-inventing myself spiritually as this process changes me physically.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Analyst
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
Too early to tell. I'm having mastectomy this week, SLN from last week shows negative results! ...

How do you feel today?

I feel so blessed knowing that everything is working out for me. Since my diagnosis (less than 2 mos. ago) I have been able to see a breast surgeon (2 since I had a second opinion), a radiation oncologist, a breast surgeon, nurses from each surgeon's office within weeks apart. My support system has been great - I've talked to women w...

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