Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Cassie E. on June 8, 2012
I was Diagnosed with:
Stage I Breast Cancer
Date of Diagnosis:
April 30, 2012
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy; medication. I refused radiation.
How do you feel today?

Today, I'm anxious and I'm tired of dealing with cancer. I got to work and spent an hour on cancer calls. Cancer takes a lot of time.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

Now, if I don't want to do something, I don't do it. It's ALL about quality of life.

What is going well for you right now?

I love my doctors and the practice. They really throw a lot of services at you, e.g., social work, patient advocate, etc. I love my job.

What is not going well for you right now?

As I said, I am so sick of all the time I spend on this -- telephone calls, appointments, etc.

When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?

My husband is just swell. I also found the Oncology Department social worker to be great. My sister had cancer last year and she has been a real support.

How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?

Absolutely! It's all about today and having a good time.