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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 IIB Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Breast cancer, stage IIB. Tumor was 2.8 cm. Had a lumpectomy, followed by 4 cycles of chemo, th...

How do you feel today?

Okay, a bit depressed.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV NSC Lung Cancer
Employment Status:
Consultant -recently retired
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
In the last couple of years, I have faced the return of my cancer, in the fluid of my lungs which...

How do you feel today?

I feel great. I'm not as strong as I used to be nor do I have the stamina. Most people who meet me have no clue that I have advanced cancer.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lymphoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/55
Type and Description of Treatments:
Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Stage 4. Currently undergoing chemo. Just had my first 3 sessions cons...

How do you feel today?

Better than yesterday but still very tired. My body hurts, my eyes won't focus and I can't taste anything. Energy - what energy?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Update to Pancoast Tumor
Employment Status:
Long term disability
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
After my first entry into the Collective Online Diary Questionnaire,12/28/08, I had 1 surgery to ...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel great. It's been over two years since I made my first entry and at that time I really didn't expect to survive but I was writing like I was tough and could handle anything.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
warehouse
Age:
26
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a full hysterectumy. I didn't qualify for chemo or radiation because I was in the 1st stage...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel pretty good. I'm 26 and have been going thru menopause for 2 years now. I still get hot flashes and have a very hard time sleeping.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
working 80% of full-time
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Partial mastectomy, no lymph node involvement, radiation, one year of tamoxifen

How do you feel today?

Basically good. Tired & out of shape, but finally out of the 2+ years of long-term post-treatment fatigue.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Papillary Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Full throidectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering NY 2007. Medicine daily and calcium. I take levothy...

How do you feel today?

I feel so much better as it has been three years. I have follow up every 4 months. I get depressed as it has made me lose my last two great jobs. It's hard to keep starting over when I need to be available for my medical appts.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
FT
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
Stem Cell Transplant after Revlimid/Dexamethasone clinical trial brought disease to partial respo...

How do you feel today?

I feel wonderful! Very blessed to be in remission, going on nearly 4 years. Active, with no limitations except my own self-induced stress!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer)
Employment Status:
Manager Independent Living Community (55+)
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
My name is Brian Kay; I am 42 years young and married to my beautiful wife Kadi. We have lived in...

How do you feel today?

I have since gone to eating a vegetarian, plant-based diet and feel better that I have ever felt before. I am also drinking ionized alkaline water. This is produced with the latest in water technology. This is a machine that is government approved as a medical device and is available here in the United States and many other parts of ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
papillary thyroid
Employment Status:
part-time under the table employment
Age:
29
Type and Description of Treatments:
11/2007 full Thyroidectomy 12/2007- Iodine radiation (oral dose of radiation 200mc) 4/2008 lymph ...

How do you feel today?

Since this is the third time that I am scheduling treatment and surgery I don't feel panicked. However my doctors have told me that they don't really understand why I keep getting lymph nodes that test positive in the needle biopsy. I may need to find a new doctor but I am not sure if that would help or just disrupt my treatment.

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