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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:
Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IIA
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/25
Type and Description of Treatments:
9 months of Chemo followed by 30 days of radiation. Had a couple of surgeries.

How do you feel today?

Not that great. I am frequently down.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage II A Breast Cancer (left breast)
Employment Status:
Unemployed/Freelance Fashion/Feature Writer (Self-Employed)
Gender/Age:
Female/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a left breast mastectomy and lumpectomy where 10 lymph nodes were taken from under my left ...

How do you feel today?

I feel okay. I've had to start my life over again because I lost my job and had to move twice. I'm not doing well at all financially and am having a very difficult time searching for a job. I've had to deal with a lot of ageism (I'm 52 now) and ignorance about my illness so that's made me depressed and given me a lot of sleepless night...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Gemistocytic Astrocytoma in Left Temporal Lobe
Employment Status:
Worked for 2 years, now unemployed/disability
Gender/Age:
Male/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Learned of tumor (March 2011) after MRI to understand seizures I began to experience. Seizures w...

How do you feel today?

Happy to be alive. Physically still active, have increased fatigue, but occasional naps help. Memory and attention span is challenging to say the least, but trying to improve. Experience side effects from chemo and nausea meds when I am on them for the 5 straight days.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1c ductal carcinoma in situ her2 positive
Employment Status:
At time of diagnosis... Childcare Home
Gender/Age:
Female/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy followed by infusion of Adriamycin and Cytoxin every two weeks for a total of four tre...

How do you feel today?

It has been ten months since my last herceptin infusion. I thought I would bounce back in a short amount of time, but that wasn't the case. It has been a slow process getting my strength back. I am feeling much stronger now, but at first I tired very easily. After I gave myself permission to let my body tell me what I needed, and not b...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IIIB Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (3 tumors) in Left Breast
Employment Status:
I was fired from my job as a litigation paralegal while going through chemo because I became too ill to work.
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
Left Mastectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy Right Prophylactic Mastectomy Chemo: Adriamycin and Cy...

How do you feel today?

My cancer is in remission (Whoo hoo). I still have terrible neuropathy in both feet and both hands, worse in my feet. I still am extremely fatigued and have chemo brain, but otherwise I am alive and am doing well.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage II, Estrogen Positive
Employment Status:
Unemployed. No Income. No Insurance. Last job (in 2009) let me go when I became ill. Had a discrimination case. Depressed and Frustrated with job prospects.
Gender/Age:
Female/41
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had chemotherapy from September of 2010 until November of 2010 (Cytoxin and Taxotere). Had a mast...

How do you feel today?

I don't feel good mentally. I am having a hard time dealing with the financial devastation that cancer left behind. I am having a hard time dealing with the grief and the loss I have encountered. I still have fears about the cancer returning.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage four inoperable
Employment Status:
working
Gender/Age:
Male/45
Type and Description of Treatments:

How do you feel today?

I feel fantastic!! I wanted to update everyone on my miracle book status. You can now purchase my book at tatepublishing.com from there select books and than type in "miracle a true story" by James D Richardson. I would like to thank everyone for their support and interest in the story. God bless you all!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2B Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/61
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had surgeries followed by 7 months of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. I finished Chemo o...

How do you feel today?

I have a tremendous sense of relief that I have finished my course of treatment. Its been a year and perhaps because my diagnosis was on my birthday, my birthday this year was a time of reflection. My world has gotten brighter as the drugs have left my system, I had bad radiation burns, and those have healed. I hope to never sit in ano...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Infiltration Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
employed
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
surgery, chemo, radiation

How do you feel today?

I feel good

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I was Diagnosed with:
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Male/43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Eight cycles of ABVD followed by 21 days of head and neck radiation.

How do you feel today?

Tired and concerned.

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