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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Thyroid Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Total removal of Thyroid, two radioactive iodine treatments

How do you feel today?

Today I feel great - I feel lucky. I have had my not so good days but have really made it thru with the help and support of my family.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Metestatic Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had countless rounds of infusion and IP chemotherapy, oral chemo and radiation along with ...

How do you feel today?

I am endstage. The cancer has spread to my lungs and brain. I endure difficulty in breathing, headaches, seizures among other symptoms.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian cancer
Employment Status:
Full time employee
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
In December 2006 I had a complete hysterectomy with debulking. I had a porta-cath inserted eight ...

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I'm painting the kitchen, planting plants, moving furniture and generally doing everything I had in the past. Will return to work next week and schedule will be the same.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Rare Lung Cancer
Employment Status:
Stay at Home Mom
Age:
23
Type and Description of Treatments:
A new treatment that was found accidentally with my sister. The Herb Golden Seal or as some may ...

How do you feel today?

My Sister is doing wonderful today. She's in remission from her lung cancer for the second time.

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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:
see my entry on March 7, 2009

How do you feel today?

Today is going well. I've been sleeping much better since I put some special foam on top of my mattress and changed my pillow. I had a colonoscopy last week since I'm approaching my 50th birthday. The procedure wasn't bad at all, and I had a really nice doctor. He found one polyp, but he thought it was probably benign. I should be re...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Follicular thyroid cancer
Employment Status:
stay at home Mom
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had two surgeries, the first to remove half of my thyroid to see if I had cancer, the second to...

How do you feel today?

I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. When I heard the news I was so dazed all I could think of was that my husband and I would not grow old together, I would not see my daughters graduate from school, I would not live to see my family anymore.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy followed by radiation. Now on Tamoxifen for 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel good. Just finished breast reconstruction. I have a bit of a problem with some pain in the reconstructed breast but overall feel ok.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgeries including left mastectomy, port, bilarteral TRAM reconstruction, nipple reconstruction ...

How do you feel today?

Today, I feel great. My plastic surgeon released me last month after 2 years and 4 months. I am energetic and active. I continued to work out with a personal trainer during my treatments with short breaks due to limitations after surgery. In the last 6 months, I have started running with other survivors in 5K races. When necessary...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Clinical trial with Revlimid and high dose dexamethazone. High dose chemotherapy followed by a s...

How do you feel today?

Amazing! Currently in complete remission of 30 months. I am in better shape now than I was before diagnosis. The compression fracture at T-12 has healed and no longer painful. So life is good!

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