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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:
Stage II A Breast Cancer (left breast)
Employment Status:
Unemployed/Freelance Fashion/Feature Writer (Self-Employed)
Gender/Age:
Female/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a left breast mastectomy and lumpectomy where 10 lymph nodes were taken from under my left ...

How do you feel today?

I feel okay. I've had to start my life over again because I lost my job and had to move twice. I'm not doing well at all financially and am having a very difficult time searching for a job. I've had to deal with a lot of ageism (I'm 52 now) and ignorance about my illness so that's made me depressed and given me a lot of sleepless night...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage Zero Cancer Left Breast
Employment Status:
Employed as International Accounting Analyst
Gender/Age:
Female/53
Type and Description of Treatments:
They found some irregular images on a routine Mammogram. Repeated procedure showed same result. ...

How do you feel today?

Deceived.

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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:
Lung cancer and lymph node as well
Employment Status:
Floor covering
Gender/Age:
Male/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
Non-operable, gave him until summer, treatments may prolong life, but no guarentee

How do you feel today?

Beyond sad, this man is my life, I have never met a man like him. He is and will always be my soul mate. No words can describe what we are going through.

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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:
Gemistocytic Astrocytoma in Left Temporal Lobe
Employment Status:
Worked for 2 years, now unemployed/disability
Gender/Age:
Male/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Learned of tumor (March 2011) after MRI to understand seizures I began to experience. Seizures w...

How do you feel today?

Happy to be alive. Physically still active, have increased fatigue, but occasional naps help. Memory and attention span is challenging to say the least, but trying to improve. Experience side effects from chemo and nausea meds when I am on them for the 5 straight days.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma on Right tonsil and in Nasal Cavity
Employment Status:
Unemployed/Disability
Gender/Age:
Male/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 Weeks Radiation, 8 weekly treatments Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

Still tired. I'm having problems sleeping trough the night. I'm still working on weight gain. My joints ache from lack of muscle. I have a constant ringing hum in my right ear, which I try to drown out with a fan.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of breast
Employment Status:
Full-time physician assistant student - was supposed to graduate this year
Gender/Age:
Female/33
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy with TRAM reconstruction done 7/10/13. Now awaiting oncotype of the tumor be...

How do you feel today?

Discouraged. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep due to a thousand thoughts running through my brain. I am frustrated with waiting...wanted to start chemo by now so it can be done before Christmas and my graduation from PA school, but we are still waiting on test results.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma stage 4 on the right tonsil, 2 spots in my nasel cavity behind the nose.
Employment Status:
4 months to contract end date, then unemployed.
Gender/Age:
Male/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 weeks of targeted radiation therapy. Weekly chemotherapy for the duration. Cisplatin chemothera...

How do you feel today?

Tired. I lost 53 pounds during treatment and subsequent throat infections. Lying down in bed or in the recliner is still painful, so I'm not sleeping well. I try to rest a few times during the day. Overall I' think I'm Ok, I'm just trying to figure out what my new normal is. I'm not accepting everything yet. I'm going to get better, it...

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast ductal carcinoma in situ
Employment Status:
homemaker
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
Last year 2012 I went for my yearly mammogram and I had to have it redone because they thought th...

How do you feel today?

Not bad. No Pain at all except when I wear the bras from the extra skin under my arms

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