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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Tonsilar Squamous Cell Carcinoma reoccurence
Employment Status:
Unemployed but looking
Gender/Age:
Male/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
I finished treatment March 2013. I have been working through some serious weight loss and trying ...

How do you feel today?

Angry, confused, worried. The first time around was hard. We are praying this will be a surgery and no more radiation/chemotherapy.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage II A Breast Cancer (left breast)
Employment Status:
Unemployed/Freelance Fashion/Feature Writer (Self-Employed)
Gender/Age:
Female/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a left breast mastectomy and lumpectomy where 10 lymph nodes were taken from under my left ...

How do you feel today?

I feel okay. I've had to start my life over again because I lost my job and had to move twice. I'm not doing well at all financially and am having a very difficult time searching for a job. I've had to deal with a lot of ageism (I'm 52 now) and ignorance about my illness so that's made me depressed and given me a lot of sleepless night...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage Zero Cancer Left Breast
Employment Status:
Employed as International Accounting Analyst
Gender/Age:
Female/53
Type and Description of Treatments:
They found some irregular images on a routine Mammogram. Repeated procedure showed same result. ...

How do you feel today?

Deceived.

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