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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:
Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
employed
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemo treatments of Cytoxan, Cysplatium, and Ariaycin 12 treatments three weeks apart.

How do you feel today?

Excellent. I am aware to stay active,exercise, eat correctly and pay close attention to my body. I do not have Osteoporosis because of the combination of diet and exercise.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer)
Employment Status:
Manager Independent Living Community (55+)
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
My name is Brian Kay; I am 42 years young and married to my beautiful wife Kadi. We have lived in...

How do you feel today?

I have since gone to eating a vegetarian, plant-based diet and feel better that I have ever felt before. I am also drinking ionized alkaline water. This is produced with the latest in water technology. This is a machine that is government approved as a medical device and is available here in the United States and many other parts of ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
IIA Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy with sentinel lymph node removal.

How do you feel today?

How do I feel today? Strong and Resilient are the words that immediately come to me. Tired and Raw are the words that sneak in when no one is looking. I have one final surgery left. Candidly, it's been a miraculous year full of ups and downs. My breast cancer is in remission and besides the on-going worry of recurrence; I am blessed to...

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I was Diagnosed with:
papillary thyroid
Employment Status:
part-time under the table employment
Age:
29
Type and Description of Treatments:
11/2007 full Thyroidectomy 12/2007- Iodine radiation (oral dose of radiation 200mc) 4/2008 lymph ...

How do you feel today?

Since this is the third time that I am scheduling treatment and surgery I don't feel panicked. However my doctors have told me that they don't really understand why I keep getting lymph nodes that test positive in the needle biopsy. I may need to find a new doctor but I am not sure if that would help or just disrupt my treatment.

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I was Diagnosed with:
BREAST CANCER STAGE II
Employment Status:
ACTIVE
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 ROUNDS OF CHEMO EVERY 2 WEEKS + RADIATIONS 4 ROUNDS OF A/C 4 ROUNDS OF TAXOL DATE FOR CHEMO: ...

How do you feel today?

I am feeling like I was reborn again. A bit sore from my bilateral mastectomy and ovaries surgery. I couldn't be happier after receiving a phone call from my surgeon on Thursday, 11/19 that the pathology reports came back normal as expected. I was very nervous prior to surgery.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Agressive Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time corporate trainer
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
surgery chemotherapy radiation

How do you feel today?

Today, I am completely fine and suffer no long term ill effects whatsoever.

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I was Diagnosed with:
chronic myelogenous leukemia and Stage II breast cancer
Employment Status:
full-time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
Gleevec (oral chemo for leukemia) and adromicin citoxin and taxol (iv chemo for breast cancer) A...

How do you feel today?

Today, I feel ok, I have my good and bad days but I have a lot of support from my family, friends, and co-workers to face anything that comes. Everyone that's around me knows in detail what I am going through because to me this is a fight that you don't fight alone. Cancer not only changes the life of the patient it changes the life ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
ductal breast cancer first time second time hr2 positive breast cancer
Employment Status:
cna at a local hospital
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
First time had a lumpectomy and radiation. Second time double mastectomy and breast reconstructio...

How do you feel today?

As long as I WORK I don't worry too much. I am taking herceptin every 3 weeks, my last dose will be in December. I started this December 2008. Such an expensive drug. I have a great doctor which I trust.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2b, HER 2 pos, ER/PR pos breast cancer
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a bilateral mastectomy with 9 negative lymph nodes removed in September of 2008 and began c...

How do you feel today?

I feel incredible- thankful for amazing amounts of energy and beautiful people in my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time Mom/Part-time cleaning service
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had surgery to remove a tumor in my breast. Then radiation which is all that I should have had ...

How do you feel today?

My strength is 75% back to normal. I am able to do most of my daily Mom chores but I can't work and I'm not sure if I'll be able to for a long time.

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