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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 IIIc Infiltrating Lobular Cancer, Left; ER/PR+, HER2 Negative.
Employment Status:
Just about to be laid off :-(
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, 4/22/13. Chemo plan: 6 cycles of Cytoxan/Taxotere, ...

How do you feel today?

Amazingly good, considering the journey so far!

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I was Diagnosed with:
non-hodgkins lymphoma large B cell
Employment Status:
R.N. on short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/57
Type and Description of Treatments:
R-CHOP evey 3 weeks x 6 treatments completed. Went for second opinion , doctor want me to undergo...

How do you feel today?

I am feeling ok. Some aches and pains but nothing to stop me in my tracks like before. My biggest concern is the extra treatments - first the toxicity of the drugs, transfusions, new PICC line inserted. I had a clean PET scan on 1/2/2013 after 4 treatments. These new treatments are a precaution because I had aggressive bone involvement...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage III C Papillary Serous Uterine/Cervix
Employment Status:
Short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery October 10, 2012, First Chemo October 18, 2012 Taxol and Carboplantin, just finished my f...

How do you feel today?

I am blessed, after chemo have four to five days of feeling pretty bad, joint and muscle pain then unable to sleep for two to three days after that then good. Goal was to return to work on a reduced hours but never could get things worked out so still on short term disability.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage two Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
N/A
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy, Surgery, Radiation, Her2 positive. Surgery was not available prior to the chemo bas...

How do you feel today?

I feel anxious and scared to this day I still feel that I don't know were I am going. My faith in God tells me that everything will be alright.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - Stage 2a HER2 Positive
Employment Status:
Not working; on medical leave
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had bilateral mastectomy (right side was prophylactic); axillary node dissection in left arm; had...

How do you feel today?

Relatively fine with fatigue and aches and pains from mastectomy/reconstruction. I have my worst days for a solid week following my chemo, but for two weeks I gradually feel a bit better until my next chemo treatment. I always have an underlying level of anxiety and slight depression about my cancer and can't really think/focus on anyt...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Secretary
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy and now chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

Except for my car accident yesterday, I FEEL GREAT.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Ovarian
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of chemo

How do you feel today?

ok

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I was Diagnosed with:
Infiltrating ductal carcinoma
Employment Status:
parttime
Age:
57
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

It is a new event daily. But today so far it is a good day where I have no complaints about my body's reaction to the chemo.

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