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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:
NHL Large B Cell
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemo-therapy: Rituximab,Doxorubicin hydrochloride,Vincristine,and Cyclophosphamide coctail - eve...

How do you feel today?

While I am getting stronger, neuropathy in my hands and feet continues to be bothersome. My hair is growing back (yeah!) everywhere. My nails are still baby fine and continue to shred and catch on everything. I am now off hormone replacement therapy and experiencing most of the symptoms of menopause - a double whammy - I don't know...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Follicular Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (grade 2)
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 Rounds of R-CVP Chemotherapy - every three to four weeks depending on blood count recovery

How do you feel today?

I feel good overall, yet anxious about the next couple of months. My last treatment is scheduled for tomorrow 1/27! Originally, it was for last week but my counts were too low so we postponed it.

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I was Diagnosed with:
BREAST CANCER STAGE II
Employment Status:
ACTIVE
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 ROUNDS OF CHEMO EVERY 2 WEEKS + RADIATIONS 4 ROUNDS OF A/C 4 ROUNDS OF TAXOL DATE FOR CHEMO: ...

How do you feel today?

I am feeling like I was reborn again. A bit sore from my bilateral mastectomy and ovaries surgery. I couldn't be happier after receiving a phone call from my surgeon on Thursday, 11/19 that the pathology reports came back normal as expected. I was very nervous prior to surgery.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time Mom/Part-time cleaning service
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had surgery to remove a tumor in my breast. Then radiation which is all that I should have had ...

How do you feel today?

My strength is 75% back to normal. I am able to do most of my daily Mom chores but I can't work and I'm not sure if I'll be able to for a long time.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer both breast 2 different types
Employment Status:
self
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
5 months of chemo. Surgery last Friday. And waiting to see what treatment is next. Thinking Radia...

How do you feel today?

Today I see my Surgeon Dr. Gass she is the best. To get my results from the pathologist from the lymphnode removal. And hopefully get this drain removed. And to see what my next treatment will be. So I'm nervous.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer (HER-2 Postitive)
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was given carboplatin, taxotere & herceptin. The chemo treatment started on 4/29/09 and the las...

How do you feel today?

Today, I am glad to be alive because I almost died from my chemotherapy treatments. When I look in the mirror, I don't recognize myself and it isn't just because the hair is gone. I also gained a great deal of weight because of the steroids. My fiance is now my ex and my job is trying to demote me and cut my hours after working there f...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Employment Status:
Not Working
Age:
31
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of Carbo Taxol and 3 Brachytherapy Radiation sessions

How do you feel today?

Today is a great day. I feel full of energy, happy and almost back to my normal self which is saying alot. I'm just trying to remain mentally healthy through this whole ordeal.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Employment Status:
:
Type and Description of Treatments:

How do you feel today?

I can say I feel like me...driven to accomplish what ever I have on my list to do.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS Left Breast
Employment Status:
Small business owner
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
DCIS left breast diagnosed 12/1/08 Mastectomy 12/12/08 - nodes were clear - no chemo - no radiation.

How do you feel today?

I feel fine...and I have to be honest this whole breast cancer thing for me was a huge let down. I never even got a pink T-shirt. Six months since surgery and all I have left is a crater in my chest where my boob used to be. I thought I would get used to it as time when on but it was ugly then and it's still ugly now. And I am no swims...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Mammary Carcinoma DCIS
Employment Status:
Employed full time
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of Adriamycin & Cytoxan 6 weeks of radiation- current, will then take Arimidex for 5 ye...

How do you feel today?

Normal for me.

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