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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:
Adminsitrative Assistant
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 lumpectomies, 30 sessions of radiation. Currently on Tamoxifen for next 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel great! I'm positive about my outlook and will do everything I can to remain healthy.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed but on leave
Age:
30
Type and Description of Treatments:
Treatment for me has not begun. I will see my doctor on 01/06/09 and we will discuss treatment o...

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. Before the diagnosis I was extremely tired. Since the surgery, every day I feel myself getting stronger physically. It's the emotional part I'm worried about. I'm Sally Sunshine; Polly Positive. I'm so busy being upbeat for everyone else that I'm wearing myself out. Should I stop being positive for them?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Small Business owner celebrating 20 Years in Business
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
DCIS Diagnosed on 12/1/08 breast removed on 12/12/08. Pathology back on 12/17/08 and I am clean.

How do you feel today?

Today 12/20/08 - I feel tired, relieved, thankful, overwhelmed and bored all at the same time. Did not have reconstruction done so surgery was quick and to the point. A week later and only a little swelling left. It all happened so quick I don't think I can be grateful yet since I haven't accepted I have breast cancer left. Eventually ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - Breast
Employment Status:
Disability
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
In 2001 the surgeon said I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy and the removal of my nipple. I...

How do you feel today?

AWESOME!!! I am so blessed it's unbelievable. Since my first chemo was this past Friday, I've had some diarrhea and chemo brain but other than that, life is good. I'm a morning person so I get up around 6 a.m. and get my chores done, do computer work, etc. I've been separated since 04/07 and I'm raising my 8 1/2 yr. old daughter al...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Have had several bone marrow biopsies. Am now on Gleevec 400 mg for the rest of my life.

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good. Most evenings I am pretty tired. The Gleevec makes me very tired about 1 to 2 hours after I take it, so I take it in the evening.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Ovarian
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of chemo

How do you feel today?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer Left side
Employment Status:
Administrative Manager of a Health Insurance Company
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer Left Side Macectony and Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I am in the best health I have ever been in.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
ployed
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation

How do you feel today?

I've finished chemo and have 2 surgeries behind me. I just have radiation to get through. I'm feeling positive that this is the final step, though my body is still feeling the effects of my chemo regimen. I was lucky that I was able to function fairly well, even when I was at my worst. My sense of taste has returned and I'm sporting a ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Colon cancer - stage 3
Employment Status:
On-call - not much work
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had colon resection surgery and 6 months of chemo.

How do you feel today?

Basically, I feel okay - still have aches and strange pains and feeling generally tired on most days. I'm having boughts of depression especially after losing my brother to cancer 8 months ago and then having my male cat pass away a few months ago. Now I'm dealing with menopause! So how do I really feel? I'm not really sure how to f...

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I was Diagnosed with:
metastatic breast cancer
Employment Status:
full-time
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
I am currently undergoing chemotherapy 1X a week for 3 weeks and off a week in addition to the ab...

How do you feel today?

I have been on this protocol for about 6 months and am very tired and can't eat a lot. I have lost about 30 pounds in the last 2 years. I do maintain a full time job, and a mother of three children and am married. Some days I feel better than others. I am hoping for a break and there is discussion of a new chemo regimen.

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