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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:
Stage 1 Breast Cancer in left breast (1.4 cm tumor)
Employment Status:
employed full time as a Ph.D. level research scientist
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a biopsy in 2000 due to microcalcifications in my left breast, which were benign at the tim...

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good and still look young for my age (exercise and highlights...can't beat it!). I'm a very active person and lead a healthy lifestyle (I was this way prior to the cancer, too). I went to an exercise class this morning and will be going out for an hour long walk shortly.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy, total lymph node removal. Dose-dense chemotherapy for 3 month.

How do you feel today?

I feel good! I am approaching the 5 year anniversary of my diagnosis and I must say that I feel almost as good as I did the day before I was told I had breast cancer!

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I was Diagnosed with:
uterine cancer
Employment Status:
less than part time
Age:
36
Type and Description of Treatments:
immediate surgery within 3 weeks for 1 of 3 procedures and cancer staging -remove cycts, testing ...

How do you feel today?

grateful for being able to survive cancer because I have a son and daughter, a husband, my strong father; battling leukemia-mds, dialysis, diabetes,coronary heart disease, a strong mother who survived a major lumbar surgery and now has titanium rods in her back, developed diabetes and is learning to control, my sister Toni who juggles ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Have had several bone marrow biopsies. Am now on Gleevec 400 mg for the rest of my life.

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good. Most evenings I am pretty tired. The Gleevec makes me very tired about 1 to 2 hours after I take it, so I take it in the evening.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian IV
Employment Status:
employed
Age:
57
Type and Description of Treatments:
2nd round chemo - gemzar

How do you feel today?

Feeling fine. Worried get new diagnosis on Monday 4/14/08

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Colon cancer with metastis to the liver
Employment Status:
I have recently retired.
Age:
59
Type and Description of Treatments:
As you will see, my cancer history and treatment have been quite complicated. My original diagno...

How do you feel today?

I feel very good today and every day. I enjoy life, and my idea of "normal" may differ from that of other people, but that's okay. I am able to do whatever I need to do, and I tend to spend as much time as possible with friends and family. I am pleased to be able to add my thoughts to this collective diary, and hope that they are h...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer 2000, Epithelioid Sarcoma 2005
Employment Status:
currently employed full time, though was let go from my last company during treatment process.
Age:
31
Type and Description of Treatments:
for most recent cancer: 3 surgeries, 6 weeks radiation and enough drugs to put me on the DEA’s m...

How do you feel today?

Though my physical existence has changed dramatically I have entered into a new routine and am feeling very well both physically and emotionally.

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