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:
Non-Hogkins Lymphoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Ratuxin and Chemo every three weeks times 6 followed by maintenance Ratunxin once every two monther

How do you feel today?

Today is a down day. I am feeling sorry for myself and my situation despite a caring wonderful husband and two wonderful teenage boys. Unemployment running out, which will mean health insurance issues. I am looking for employment but it's difficult to imagine getting hired when receiving chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 breast cancer and DCIS
Employment Status:
Research Scientist
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
My type of breast cancer and description of treatment has been provided in previous posts.

How do you feel today?

I feel great today--very energetic and happy that spring has finally arrived to the north land.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV colon cancer
Employment Status:
long term disability
Age:
54
Type and Description of Treatments:
After surgical removal of my left lung, two-thirds of my colon, 2 lymph nodes, appendix and gallb...

How do you feel today?

Overall, I feel great. I have gained 10 lbs in the past 6 months and would like to get that off. I am happy that I don't have to go to the doctor's office so often. I had intermittent battles with chemo brain during the treatments and seem to have forgotten some things. But definitely have kept my sense of humor. I also feel so than...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Employment Status:
Part-Time
Age:
25
Type and Description of Treatments:
I went through 3 years of chemo, steroids, bone-marrow biopsies, blood tests, and spinal taps.

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good today, hopeful because I have a job interview on Wednesday with the Starlight Children's Foundation; a non-profit for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer
Employment Status:
Employed FT
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy. Six months of chemo.

How do you feel today?

Fair. I do have what's called Post Mastectomy Syndrome, which is neuropathic pain of my chest wall, axilla, and at times also goes up to my shoulder blade. It's been pretty difficult to manage. I am on multiple medications. I have gained 45 pounds and have more pain from that. I think I would manage much better if I could work part ti...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
employed
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemo treatments of Cytoxan, Cysplatium, and Ariaycin 12 treatments three weeks apart.

How do you feel today?

Excellent. I am aware to stay active,exercise, eat correctly and pay close attention to my body. I do not have Osteoporosis because of the combination of diet and exercise.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Agressive Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time corporate trainer
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
surgery chemotherapy radiation

How do you feel today?

Today, I am completely fine and suffer no long term ill effects whatsoever.

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I was Diagnosed with:
ductal breast cancer first time second time hr2 positive breast cancer
Employment Status:
cna at a local hospital
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
First time had a lumpectomy and radiation. Second time double mastectomy and breast reconstructio...

How do you feel today?

As long as I WORK I don't worry too much. I am taking herceptin every 3 weeks, my last dose will be in December. I started this December 2008. Such an expensive drug. I have a great doctor which I trust.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Recurrent renal cell carcinoma
Employment Status:
Full time RN
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was first diagnosed with RCC (renal cell carcionoma or kidney cancer) in July 2003. I had a co...

How do you feel today?

I still worry daily about the return of the cancer but try to live each day to its fullest so I have no regrets if it does return. I have some new symptoms that are creeping back in (flank pain, fullness, fatigue and night sweats). My next visit with the oncologist is not until January (4 months away) and my primary doctor thinks I a...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Realtor/Designer/Importer
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy with removal of 17 lymph nodes, followed by 4 months of chemotherapy and six w...

How do you feel today?

I feel alive and grateful for what I have today. I never thought the pain in all my joints and despair would go away but I am happy to say I feel good again and it is great to be alive!

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