Be the Boss Over Cancer

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:
Breast cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgeries including left mastectomy, port, bilarteral TRAM reconstruction, nipple reconstruction ...

How do you feel today?

Today, I feel great. My plastic surgeon released me last month after 2 years and 4 months. I am energetic and active. I continued to work out with a personal trainer during my treatments with short breaks due to limitations after surgery. In the last 6 months, I have started running with other survivors in 5K races. When necessary...

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I was Diagnosed with:
triple negative breast cancer
Employment Status:
full time paralegal
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice before the age of 40. First time was on the left ...

How do you feel today?

Today, like right this moment, I feel a little shaky. I have these days that I refer to as "hitting the wall." They come from out of the blue, but as I was getting ready for work yesterday I knew I was going to end up back in bed. And I did, until 4:30 in the afternoon! I guess my body can only go so much and then it needs a break....

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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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I was Diagnosed with:
Angiosarcoma vascular in spine
Employment Status:
disability
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Medication Zometa IV monthly

How do you feel today?

I'm better always because I don't think about this.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Clinical trial with Revlimid and high dose dexamethazone. High dose chemotherapy followed by a s...

How do you feel today?

Amazing! Currently in complete remission of 30 months. I am in better shape now than I was before diagnosis. The compression fracture at T-12 has healed and no longer painful. So life is good!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer
Employment Status:
employed full-time as a medical secretary
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had 3 treatments with Carboplatin and VP16 then started 37 radiation treatments in conjuct...

How do you feel today?

Good physically but just a little tired. I have had some extreme tiredness lately.

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I was Diagnosed with:
pancoast tumor
Employment Status:
self employed but not working
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
My tumor was inoperable treatment was chemo and radiation for 6 months with the last month I had ...

How do you feel today?

I feel wonderful especialy knowing that the survival rate isn't so good with this cancer. I have the nerve damage that goes along with treatment, but at least I am here to say yes I have pain .

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I was Diagnosed with:
low grade oligodendroglioma with areas of anaplasia
Employment Status:
Realtor full time
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
was on temodar for one full year. 3 pills a day for 5 days every month.

How do you feel today?

I feel great.

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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:
I had a biopsy in 2000 due to microcalcifications in my left breast, which were benign at the tim...

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good and still look young for my age (exercise and highlights...can't beat it!). I'm a very active person and lead a healthy lifestyle (I was this way prior to the cancer, too). I went to an exercise class this morning and will be going out for an hour long walk shortly.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage four-non hodgkins lymphoma
Employment Status:
oncology clinical social worker
Age:
63
Type and Description of Treatments:
original chemotherapy treatment: R-chop for five months, chemo every three weeks. Now maintenance...

How do you feel today?

I feel blessed, hopeful and lucky. At times I am fatigued in a way that is hard to explain to any one who hasn't experienced chemotherapy. Currently, I am in a remission. I have always had a positive outlook which helped during the more physically challenging chemo days. Life is a wonderful treasure.

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