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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:
DCIS Left Breast
Employment Status:
Small business owner
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
DCIS left breast diagnosed 12/1/08 Mastectomy 12/12/08 - nodes were clear - no chemo - no radiation.

How do you feel today?

I feel fine...and I have to be honest this whole breast cancer thing for me was a huge let down. I never even got a pink T-shirt. Six months since surgery and all I have left is a crater in my chest where my boob used to be. I thought I would get used to it as time when on but it was ugly then and it's still ugly now. And I am no swims...

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 Lumpectomies/30 sessions of radiation and am currently on tamoxifen for the next 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel great! All my tests have come back negative!! Today, June 23, 2009, is my ONE year anniversary that I am cancer free! A SURVIVOR!! What a glorious day!!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Follicular thyroid cancer
Employment Status:
stay at home Mom
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had two surgeries, the first to remove half of my thyroid to see if I had cancer, the second to...

How do you feel today?

I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. When I heard the news I was so dazed all I could think of was that my husband and I would not grow old together, I would not see my daughters graduate from school, I would not live to see my family anymore.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Secretary
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy and now chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

Except for my car accident yesterday, I FEEL GREAT.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3B
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had a Left modified radical mastectomy with 29 lymph nodes removed. The cancer mass was 10cm, 28...

How do you feel today?

I feel as close to normal as I expect to ever feel. Get tired faster than I expect...it takes longer to recover after doing any strenuous activities. I'm cancer free and happy to be here. What could be better than that. The health side effects from the treatment are minor and don't interfere with my everyday life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
16-20 Weeks of Chemotherapy Mastectomy and reconstructive surgery 6 weeks of radiation treatment

How do you feel today?

Tired and sad

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy followed by radiation. Now on Tamoxifen for 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel good. Just finished breast reconstruction. I have a bit of a problem with some pain in the reconstructed breast but overall feel ok.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Realtor/Designer/Importer
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy with removal of 17 lymph nodes, followed by 4 months of chemotherapy and six w...

How do you feel today?

I feel alive and grateful for what I have today. I never thought the pain in all my joints and despair would go away but I am happy to say I feel good again and it is great to be alive!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer
Employment Status:
Employed
Age:
42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgeries including left mastectomy, port, bilarteral TRAM reconstruction, nipple reconstruction ...

How do you feel today?

Today, I feel great. My plastic surgeon released me last month after 2 years and 4 months. I am energetic and active. I continued to work out with a personal trainer during my treatments with short breaks due to limitations after surgery. In the last 6 months, I have started running with other survivors in 5K races. When necessary...

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I was Diagnosed with:
triple negative breast cancer
Employment Status:
full time paralegal
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice before the age of 40. First time was on the left ...

How do you feel today?

Today, like right this moment, I feel a little shaky. I have these days that I refer to as "hitting the wall." They come from out of the blue, but as I was getting ready for work yesterday I knew I was going to end up back in bed. And I did, until 4:30 in the afternoon! I guess my body can only go so much and then it needs a break....

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