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:
Thyroid Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Total removal of Thyroid, two radioactive iodine treatments

How do you feel today?

Today I feel great - I feel lucky. I have had my not so good days but have really made it thru with the help and support of my family.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Metestatic Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had countless rounds of infusion and IP chemotherapy, oral chemo and radiation along with ...

How do you feel today?

I am endstage. The cancer has spread to my lungs and brain. I endure difficulty in breathing, headaches, seizures among other symptoms.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian cancer
Employment Status:
Full time employee
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
In December 2006 I had a complete hysterectomy with debulking. I had a porta-cath inserted eight ...

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I'm painting the kitchen, planting plants, moving furniture and generally doing everything I had in the past. Will return to work next week and schedule will be the same.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Rare Lung Cancer
Employment Status:
Stay at Home Mom
Age:
23
Type and Description of Treatments:
A new treatment that was found accidentally with my sister. The Herb Golden Seal or as some may ...

How do you feel today?

My Sister is doing wonderful today. She's in remission from her lung cancer for the second time.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Anal Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed: Full Time
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:

How do you feel today?

I feel ... OK. I wish I felt better but I just don't. I still can't sleep. I worry too much and it affects my time at work.

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I was Diagnosed with:
dcis
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
mastectomy and see the oncologist every 6 months- mri and mammograms alternating every 6 months

How do you feel today?

Today- I am okay- besides have breast cancer- I was diagnosed with Lupus 30 years ago and crohns 28 years ago- so I have a lot of health issues but I do work full time- divorced- have 2 beautiful and helpful daughters, 2 great son-in-laws, and 2 1/2 granddaughters- the 1/2 granddaughter is due to arrive in early November- also 3 grand ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Stage IIIb Inoperable
Employment Status:
self employed - part time
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
Aggressive Chemotherapy (Cisplatin and Etoposide) along with 32 days of Radiation fall 2007. Same...

How do you feel today?

I feel really well today. I look healthy and no one would ever suspect that I have Lung Cancer. I have experienced side effects that I continue to address.

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast cancer
Employment Status:
truck driver
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
had one round of chemo and going in for my third lumpectomy 7-17-09

How do you feel today?

Today I feel kind of down, its cloudy and I pulled up this website on my email to put in more comments on my diary. I am glancing over the other diaries and it seems like a long tough road.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 Breast Cancer in left breast (1.4 cm tumor)
Employment Status:
employed full time as a Ph.D. level research scientist
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
see my entry on March 7, 2009

How do you feel today?

Today is going well. I've been sleeping much better since I put some special foam on top of my mattress and changed my pillow. I had a colonoscopy last week since I'm approaching my 50th birthday. The procedure wasn't bad at all, and I had a really nice doctor. He found one polyp, but he thought it was probably benign. I should be re...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Employment Status:
Not Working
Age:
31
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of Carbo Taxol and 3 Brachytherapy Radiation sessions

How do you feel today?

Today is a great day. I feel full of energy, happy and almost back to my normal self which is saying alot. I'm just trying to remain mentally healthy through this whole ordeal.

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