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:
stage four-non hodgkins lymphoma
Employment Status:
oncology clinical social worker
Age:
63
Type and Description of Treatments:
original chemotherapy treatment: R-chop for five months, chemo every three weeks. Now maintenance...

How do you feel today?

I feel blessed, hopeful and lucky. At times I am fatigued in a way that is hard to explain to any one who hasn't experienced chemotherapy. Currently, I am in a remission. I have always had a positive outlook which helped during the more physically challenging chemo days. Life is a wonderful treasure.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bi-lateral mastectomy with 6 cycles of chemotherapy for 4 months

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. I had lunch with friends after a pet scan. No nausea or aches today after my first chemo session on Thursday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
adenocarcinoma duct
Employment Status:
Truck Driver
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Just had a port put in 2/27/09 had all the mri, ct scan, bone test

How do you feel today?

I feel very upset, all this is going so fast, I have to miss work for all these tests. I am really not getting enough answers not sure if the treatment is worth it, it seems I read a lot of people having mastectomies? I have not yet received all the reports from my core biopsy as they lost the first one. They did another on Friday wh...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy, total lymph node removal. Dose-dense chemotherapy for 3 month.

How do you feel today?

I feel good! I am approaching the 5 year anniversary of my diagnosis and I must say that I feel almost as good as I did the day before I was told I had breast cancer!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage II Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy, followed by 6 courses of CAT (Cytoxin, Adrimyacin, and Taxatere) then 3 tre...

How do you feel today?

Pretty good physically. I'm not in great shape, haven't been since I was a teenager. But I've survived all this with minimal impact to my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
uterine cancer
Employment Status:
less than part time
Age:
36
Type and Description of Treatments:
immediate surgery within 3 weeks for 1 of 3 procedures and cancer staging -remove cycts, testing ...

How do you feel today?

grateful for being able to survive cancer because I have a son and daughter, a husband, my strong father; battling leukemia-mds, dialysis, diabetes,coronary heart disease, a strong mother who survived a major lumbar surgery and now has titanium rods in her back, developed diabetes and is learning to control, my sister Toni who juggles ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Full time sales
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy, taxotere, carboplatin and herceptin. Will then have a full mastectomy with reconst...

How do you feel today?

Kinda sickly. It's cold outside and my head and ears are cold. I'm tired already of being bald and I want my hair back and I want this to all be over.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Adminsitrative Assistant
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
2 lumpectomies, 30 sessions of radiation. Currently on Tamoxifen for next 5 years.

How do you feel today?

I feel great! I'm positive about my outlook and will do everything I can to remain healthy.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
Employment Status:
Employed but on leave
Age:
30
Type and Description of Treatments:
Treatment for me has not begun. I will see my doctor on 01/06/09 and we will discuss treatment o...

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. Before the diagnosis I was extremely tired. Since the surgery, every day I feel myself getting stronger physically. It's the emotional part I'm worried about. I'm Sally Sunshine; Polly Positive. I'm so busy being upbeat for everyone else that I'm wearing myself out. Should I stop being positive for them?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Small Business owner celebrating 20 Years in Business
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
DCIS Diagnosed on 12/1/08 breast removed on 12/12/08. Pathology back on 12/17/08 and I am clean.

How do you feel today?

Today 12/20/08 - I feel tired, relieved, thankful, overwhelmed and bored all at the same time. Did not have reconstruction done so surgery was quick and to the point. A week later and only a little swelling left. It all happened so quick I don't think I can be grateful yet since I haven't accepted I have breast cancer left. Eventually ...

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