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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:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Currently self-employed
:
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 treatments 3 chemicals;Bilateral mastectomy;6 more chemo with 3 chemicals;radiation;Femara;Fasl...

How do you feel today?

I feel great! Even though I am taking Xeloda, one week on and one week off, I am doing well. My feet are burning just a bit, but since today was my first day off again, within a few days, I will be fine. I am presently going through lymphadema therapy and have a huge compression bandage on my arm, but it is only for 2 weeks, so I'll ge...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer 2000, Epithelioid Sarcoma 2005
Employment Status:
currently employed full time, though was let go from my last company during treatment process.
Age:
31
Type and Description of Treatments:
for most recent cancer: 3 surgeries, 6 weeks radiation and enough drugs to put me on the DEA’s m...

How do you feel today?

Though my physical existence has changed dramatically I have entered into a new routine and am feeling very well both physically and emotionally.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer stage II
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
60
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 surgeries, chemo, radiation, hormone therapy

How do you feel today?

still tired and nauseated from chemo

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage I Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
desperately seeking full time employment/working part time
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
5 months of dose dense chemo, 2months of Adriamyacin/Cytoxin administered every two weeks, 3 mont...

How do you feel today?

Physically, I feel fine. I always felt fine except during treatment. I mean, I had no symptoms from the cancer…worked out, ate right, took really good care of myself. I was the healthy one in my family. Ha. Emotionally, I have baggage…I vacillate between “Gee, I just feel so lucky to be alive” to “I know it’s just a matter of time unti...

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