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 2 Ovarian
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of chemo

How do you feel today?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer Left side
Employment Status:
Administrative Manager of a Health Insurance Company
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer Left Side Macectony and Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I am in the best health I have ever been in.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
ployed
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation

How do you feel today?

I've finished chemo and have 2 surgeries behind me. I just have radiation to get through. I'm feeling positive that this is the final step, though my body is still feeling the effects of my chemo regimen. I was lucky that I was able to function fairly well, even when I was at my worst. My sense of taste has returned and I'm sporting a ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Colon cancer - stage 3
Employment Status:
On-call - not much work
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had colon resection surgery and 6 months of chemo.

How do you feel today?

Basically, I feel okay - still have aches and strange pains and feeling generally tired on most days. I'm having boughts of depression especially after losing my brother to cancer 8 months ago and then having my male cat pass away a few months ago. Now I'm dealing with menopause! So how do I really feel? I'm not really sure how to f...

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I was Diagnosed with:
metastatic breast cancer
Employment Status:
full-time
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
I am currently undergoing chemotherapy 1X a week for 3 weeks and off a week in addition to the ab...

How do you feel today?

I have been on this protocol for about 6 months and am very tired and can't eat a lot. I have lost about 30 pounds in the last 2 years. I do maintain a full time job, and a mother of three children and am married. Some days I feel better than others. I am hoping for a break and there is discussion of a new chemo regimen.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had 6 rounds of chemo and am now completing 28 radiation treatments. I had a bi-lateral mastec...

How do you feel today?

I feel awesome today. Meeting survivors and going through treatment with a sister that was diagnosed on the same day has made the process much easier than I had expected.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 inoperable Lung Cancer (non small cell)
Employment Status:
Self employed Consultant and Coach
Age:
62
Type and Description of Treatments:
Aggressive chemo treatment: Cisplatin + Etoposide daily for 6 consecutive days, two weeks off, 6 ...

How do you feel today?

I feel great. I look great and I am healthy. Anyone meeting me would not realize that I had been seriously ill or a cancer patient. I have worked hard not to look like a cancer patient.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Tubulobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
41
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery 15 weeks AC 12 weeks taxol Radiation Hormonal treatment

How do you feel today?

Nearly three weeks after chemo, and I am feeling ok. I still tire easily. Radiation is the next big step, and I start that next week.

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I was Diagnosed with:
FOLLICULAR NON-HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA STAGE IV
Employment Status:
EMPLYED
Age:
54
Type and Description of Treatments:
CHEMO, RITUXINAB

How do you feel today?

I GET TIRED EASILY, JOINT PAIN EVERYWHERE. I HAD ALLERGIES BEFORE, BUT NOW THEY ARE MUCH WORSE.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Pancoast Tumor
Employment Status:
Employed, currently on short term disability
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Originally I was being treated for a torn rotator cuff, that's what my symptoms pointed to. Then...

How do you feel today?

How do I feel? Emotionally; terrified, angry, sad... a little of everything. I am so angry at myself for smoking when the facts about lung cancer have been right in front of my face. I thought I'd be one of the lucky ones. Physically; I hurt. The tumor is sitting against the nerves that run down my back and right arm. The pain m...

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