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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:
dcis
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
62
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 ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Stage IIIb Inoperable
Employment Status:
self employed - part time
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
Aggressive Chemotherapy (Cisplatin and Etoposide) along with 32 days of Radiation fall 2007. Same...

How do you feel today?

I feel really well today. I look healthy and no one would ever suspect that I have Lung Cancer. I have experienced side effects that I continue to address.

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast cancer
Employment Status:
truck driver
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
had one round of chemo and going in for my third lumpectomy 7-17-09

How do you feel today?

Today I feel kind of down, its cloudy and I pulled up this website on my email to put in more comments on my diary. I am glancing over the other diaries and it seems like a long tough road.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 Breast Cancer in left breast (1.4 cm tumor)
Employment Status:
employed full time as a Ph.D. level research scientist
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
see my entry on March 7, 2009

How do you feel today?

Today is going well. I've been sleeping much better since I put some special foam on top of my mattress and changed my pillow. I had a colonoscopy last week since I'm approaching my 50th birthday. The procedure wasn't bad at all, and I had a really nice doctor. He found one polyp, but he thought it was probably benign. I should be re...

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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:
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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:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 Lumpectomies/30 sessions of radiation and am currently on tamoxifen for the next 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel great! All my tests have come back negative!! Today, June 23, 2009, is my ONE year anniversary that I am cancer free! A SURVIVOR!! What a glorious day!!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Follicular thyroid cancer
Employment Status:
stay at home Mom
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had two surgeries, the first to remove half of my thyroid to see if I had cancer, the second to...

How do you feel today?

I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. When I heard the news I was so dazed all I could think of was that my husband and I would not grow old together, I would not see my daughters graduate from school, I would not live to see my family anymore.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Secretary
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy and now chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

Except for my car accident yesterday, I FEEL GREAT.

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