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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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IIIc Infiltrating Lobular Cancer, Left; ER/PR+, HER2 Negative.
Employment Status:
Just about to be laid off :-(
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, 4/22/13. Chemo plan: 6 cycles of Cytoxan/Taxotere, ...

How do you feel today?

Amazingly good, considering the journey so far!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1c ductal carcinoma in situ her2 positive
Employment Status:
At time of diagnosis... Childcare Home
Gender/Age:
Female/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy followed by infusion of Adriamycin and Cytoxin every two weeks for a total of four tre...

How do you feel today?

It has been ten months since my last herceptin infusion. I thought I would bounce back in a short amount of time, but that wasn't the case. It has been a slow process getting my strength back. I am feeling much stronger now, but at first I tired very easily. After I gave myself permission to let my body tell me what I needed, and not b...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3
Employment Status:
Medical Leave
Gender/Age:
Female/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
As I answered the phone on April 10th I heard the voice my surgeon, his voice was very gentle as ...

How do you feel today?

Today is April 30th, 2013 and I am now 11-days post-op; recovery stage is a bit more than I anticipated; however, I’m getting strong daily and getting ready to meet the oncologist for the Chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy October 2012. Radiation December 2012/January 2013 Ovaries removed 4/9/2013

How do you feel today?

Tired. Lack motivation.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lobular Breast Cancer Stage 2-Right Breast
Employment Status:
Nurse
Gender/Age:
Male/58
Type and Description of Treatments:
Double mastectomy - Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

I am feeling more like myself everyday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Early breast cancer
Employment Status:
working
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
Early stage breast cancer. See surgeon on April 10th and go from there.

How do you feel today?

I feel scared, angry, sad and lost.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Rt.breast invasive to node
Employment Status:
leave of abscence,RN
Gender/Age:
Female/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of chemo. #3 coming up second of April. Cytoxan,Taxotere. Then radiation for however long

How do you feel today?

Feeling more comfortable with this whole scarf thing. I look at some people,and try to figure out what they're thinking. I stopped doing that today,and I felt more calm being in town,around people. Met with some co-workers,and I didn't realize how good that felt.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive ductal carcinoma/ ductal carcinoma in situ
Employment Status:
barber/taking a break :(
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
So far I have had a bilateral mastectomy plus one step implant reconstruction. Due to start chemo...

How do you feel today?

I feel better, physically than I did a few days ago. The emotions, how to handle work, suppport my soon to be 13 yr. old and how to deal with my upcoming treatments are taking their toll on me!

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