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:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of breast
Employment Status:
Full-time physician assistant student - was supposed to graduate this year
Gender/Age:
Female/33
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy with TRAM reconstruction done 7/10/13. Now awaiting oncotype of the tumor be...

How do you feel today?

Discouraged. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep due to a thousand thoughts running through my brain. I am frustrated with waiting...wanted to start chemo by now so it can be done before Christmas and my graduation from PA school, but we are still waiting on test results.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Rt.breast invasive to node
Employment Status:
leave of abscence,RN
Gender/Age:
Female/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of chemo. #3 coming up second of April. Cytoxan,Taxotere. Then radiation for however long

How do you feel today?

Feeling more comfortable with this whole scarf thing. I look at some people,and try to figure out what they're thinking. I stopped doing that today,and I felt more calm being in town,around people. Met with some co-workers,and I didn't realize how good that felt.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive ductal carcinoma/ ductal carcinoma in situ
Employment Status:
barber/taking a break :(
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
So far I have had a bilateral mastectomy plus one step implant reconstruction. Due to start chemo...

How do you feel today?

I feel better, physically than I did a few days ago. The emotions, how to handle work, suppport my soon to be 13 yr. old and how to deal with my upcoming treatments are taking their toll on me!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive breast cancer
Employment Status:
Per diem, health field
Gender/Age:
Female/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of chemo to be followed with radiation and hormonal therapy.

How do you feel today?

Feeling neuropathy after second round, hope it doesn't last! I'm feeling angry,depressed!! I used to have a vital life........don't feel it much anymore........

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage I Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy; medication. I refused radiation.

How do you feel today?

Today, I'm anxious and I'm tired of dealing with cancer. I got to work and spent an hour on cancer calls. Cancer takes a lot of time.

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I was Diagnosed with:
intermediate grade invasive ductal carcinoma
Employment Status:
full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Found at exam 3/8; biopsied 3/9/12. Given diagnosis 3/16. Lumpectomy done 4/4 with 6 lymph nodes...

How do you feel today?

Anxious regarding chemo, but want to just do it and be done. Worried about kids 13,10.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
family medical leave
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
breast exam 7/13/10, mammogram & ultrasound 7/15/10, biopsy 7/16/10, dx with breast ca 7/20/10 & ...

How do you feel today?

A little better. I consider myself fortunate when I have energy to smile, laugh, & accomplish small tasks like a load of laundry.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Self Employed
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, then Sentinel Node Biopsy, Beginning TC Chemo in one week. I then will have 33 radiat...

How do you feel today?

Grateful. Anxiety ridden. Fearful.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Fired now for the cancer
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
ABVD Chemo treatments every two weeks for a possible total of eight treatments. They are really ...

How do you feel today?

I don't feel so good today. I am angry that I had a good job going, and things were finally going well for me and my two children (I'm a single mom) - trying to get one through freshman year of high school and one through senior year (two boys). My employer just cut things off and left me with no money. I had a good job, but still l...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, Chemo & Radiation

How do you feel today?

I've had my first chemo treatment and except for the first week after I've been feeling pretty good. I have my next treatment coming up this Thursday.

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