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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive breast cancer
Employment Status:
Per diem, health field
Gender/Age:
Female/65
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of chemo to be followed with radiation and hormonal therapy.

How do you feel today?

Feeling neuropathy after second round, hope it doesn't last! I'm feeling angry,depressed!! I used to have a vital life........don't feel it much anymore........

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of my right breast, Stage 1, Grade 1, PR/ER +
Employment Status:
Employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Biopsy, 2 lumpectomy's to get clean margins, removal of the sentinal lymph node, 5 weeks of targe...

How do you feel today?

I feel almost normal. Every morning and evening when I look at my disfigured body it reminds me of (1) how lucky I was that they found the non tumour (no lump just micro calcifications) in my annual mammogram and I decided to go ahead an have it biopsied. (2) That the rest of my life I will be worried about if another tumour will appe...

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I was Diagnosed with:
non-hodgkins lymphoma large B cell
Employment Status:
R.N. on short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/57
Type and Description of Treatments:
R-CHOP evey 3 weeks x 6 treatments completed. Went for second opinion , doctor want me to undergo...

How do you feel today?

I am feeling ok. Some aches and pains but nothing to stop me in my tracks like before. My biggest concern is the extra treatments - first the toxicity of the drugs, transfusions, new PICC line inserted. I had a clean PET scan on 1/2/2013 after 4 treatments. These new treatments are a precaution because I had aggressive bone involvement...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer 2009
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had 3 lumpectomies in 2009 followed by chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

Ok, just a few side effects leftover from the chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IIIB Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (3 tumors) in Left Breast
Employment Status:
I was fired from my job as a litigation paralegal while going through chemo because I became too ill to work.
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
Left Mastectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy Right Prophylactic Mastectomy Chemo: Adriamycin and Cy...

How do you feel today?

My cancer is in remission (Whoo hoo). I still have terrible neuropathy in both feet and both hands, worse in my feet. I still am extremely fatigued and have chemo brain, but otherwise I am alive and am doing well.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage III C Papillary Serous Uterine/Cervix
Employment Status:
Short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery October 10, 2012, First Chemo October 18, 2012 Taxol and Carboplantin, just finished my f...

How do you feel today?

I am blessed, after chemo have four to five days of feeling pretty bad, joint and muscle pain then unable to sleep for two to three days after that then good. Goal was to return to work on a reduced hours but never could get things worked out so still on short term disability.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage II, Estrogen Positive
Employment Status:
Unemployed. No Income. No Insurance. Last job (in 2009) let me go when I became ill. Had a discrimination case. Depressed and Frustrated with job prospects.
Gender/Age:
Female/41
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had chemotherapy from September of 2010 until November of 2010 (Cytoxin and Taxotere). Had a mast...

How do you feel today?

I don't feel good mentally. I am having a hard time dealing with the financial devastation that cancer left behind. I am having a hard time dealing with the grief and the loss I have encountered. I still have fears about the cancer returning.

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