Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Fran S. on July 8, 2009
I was Diagnosed with:
Date of Diagnosis:
February 3, 2008
Employment Status:
full time
Type and Description of Treatments:
mastectomy and see the oncologist every 6 months- mri and mammograms alternating every 6 months
How do you feel today?

Today- I am okay- besides have breast cancer- I was diagnosed with Lupus 30 years ago and crohns 28 years ago- so I have a lot of health issues but I do work full time- divorced- have 2 beautiful and helpful daughters, 2 great son-in-laws, and 2 1/2 granddaughters- the 1/2 granddaughter is due to arrive in early November- also 3 grand cats. I have a lot of family and friends support and I try to live each day to the fullest.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

Nothing much- except see more doctors and have more tests done- dealing with 2 chronic illnesses for over 28 years- you just take each day as it comes

What is going well for you right now?

going to be a grandma for a 3rd time-

What is not going well for you right now?

just having a lot of issues with Lupus and Crohns- I am having flareups with both

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

people treating me very fragile- but I am not

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

I usually talk to my closest friends

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

not really except maybe retire a little earlier than planned so I can enjoy life more

What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?

I work over 40 hours

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?


What has helped you continue to work the most?

my co workers- they are one of my biggest support groups

What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?

just hang on