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:
Acute promyelocytic leukemia and Oesteosarcoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/47
Type and Description of Treatments:
My twin and I were diagnosed with Acute promyelocytic leukemia when we were 16 years old. At fir...

How do you feel today?

I feel okay. But my get-up-and go, got up and went and I am just waiting for it to return. Busy getting over an unexpected migraine I got yesterday. Don't have them very often.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, IPMN Cancer, Puestow with Adenocarcinoma of Pancreas, Thyroid Cancer
Employment Status:
Paralegal Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/59
Type and Description of Treatments:
In October 2008 I was Diagnosed with Stage 2 Kidney Cancer to that I had a partial Nephrectomy of...

How do you feel today?

Today as of April 22, 2015 Earth Day ..I feel wonderful. I just had my surgery done for the incisional hernia I had on my tummy "abdomen" and just this past October 2014 I had my first round of Radiation Treatments as the Thyroid Cells they took out was Stage 3 in the Thyroid gland, but Stage 4 in my Lymph Nodes.....otherwise Life is g...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Working Full Time and Part-Time
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy 2 weeks ago, and re-incision surgery scheduled for tomorrow.

How do you feel today?

Doing ok. Hoping all goes well tomorrow.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Kidney Cancer with Autoimmune complications- SLE Lupus, MS, Fibromyalgia
Employment Status:
employed full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/35
Type and Description of Treatments:
Left nephrectomy. Chemo is not effective for kidney cancer, it's surgery & hoping for the best.

How do you feel today?

I feel amazing. It took a lot of time to get here. It was truly a journey. I hit lows, highs & am now riding high. Cancer helped me become a better person. Attitude was half the battle for me. Illness did not define me but it has changed me for the better.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Prostate cancer
Employment Status:
Employed in financial industry
Gender/Age:
Male/48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Moved to Boston 18 months ago, and old gp said he wouldn't write any more cholesterol rx until I ...

How do you feel today?

I feel fine. I have no symptoms at all.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage IV Colon Cancer, metastasis, FAP
Employment Status:
disabled
Gender/Age:
Male/45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Five major surgeries, 2 of the 5 surgeries were to remove my entire colon and rectum. I have a pe...

How do you feel today?

Besides the frequent amount of hernias being hernia prone, I feel well otherwise. Good days and bad days.

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I was Diagnosed with:
villoglandular adenocarnioma in cervix
Employment Status:
Part Time
Gender/Age:
Female/28
Type and Description of Treatments:
Cone biopsy 4/30/14

How do you feel today?

Today I'm scared, almost 6 months since surgery and no period.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Tonsilar Squamous Cell Carcinoma reoccurence
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Male/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Removal of right tonsil, lymph nodes, section of tongue and surrounding tissue.

How do you feel today?

Sore, thankful, glad the surgery part is over.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Male/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have undergone treatment for Multiple myelomaa for the last six years. Right now I am on Revlim...

How do you feel today?

I do not feel well today. I am well and somewhat happy a little miserable and angry at myself.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IIA
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/25
Type and Description of Treatments:
9 months of Chemo followed by 30 days of radiation. Had a couple of surgeries.

How do you feel today?

Not that great. I am frequently down.

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