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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:
Cervical Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed at time of diagnosis
Gender/Age:
Female/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was diagnosed with Stage 3B cervical cancer, & given a 50% chance of survival. My tumor was in...

How do you feel today?

Today I am doing as good as can be expected. My biggest problem is nerve damage in both legs. After my treatments, I walked with a cane for 4.5 years. NO MORE! I have good days & bad days. I just take it one day at a time!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
not employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy. Chemotherapy. Radiation. 10 years of hormonal therapy.

How do you feel today?

Physically I feel pretty good right now.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer 2009
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had 3 lumpectomies in 2009 followed by chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

Ok, just a few side effects leftover from the chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 NSC Lung Cancer Right lung
Employment Status:
PT - Consulting Practice
Gender/Age:
Female/66
Type and Description of Treatments:
In 2007, Etoposide and Carboplatin plus Radiation. Late 2008 Alimta along with prednisone to de...

How do you feel today?

I feel the best I have since diagnosis - oh maybe a little older but I have energy and stamina back. I can garden, clean house and am able to exercise. I feel blessed that I am doing so well at the 5 year mark.

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I was Diagnosed with:
CML- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Employment Status:
Employed/Long Term Disability
Gender/Age:
Female/23
Type and Description of Treatments:
First year and a half of treatment was Gleevec. Last 3 1/2 years was Tasigna. My body became im...

How do you feel today?

I feel tired, drained and worn out. I have bone pain and crazy body aches.

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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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