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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:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of my right breast, Stage 1, Grade 1, PR/ER +
Employment Status:
Employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Biopsy, 2 lumpectomy's to get clean margins, removal of the sentinal lymph node, 5 weeks of targe...

How do you feel today?

I feel almost normal. Every morning and evening when I look at my disfigured body it reminds me of (1) how lucky I was that they found the non tumour (no lump just micro calcifications) in my annual mammogram and I decided to go ahead an have it biopsied. (2) That the rest of my life I will be worried about if another tumour will appe...

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I was Diagnosed with:
non-hodgkins lymphoma large B cell
Employment Status:
R.N. on short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/57
Type and Description of Treatments:
R-CHOP evey 3 weeks x 6 treatments completed. Went for second opinion , doctor want me to undergo...

How do you feel today?

I am feeling ok. Some aches and pains but nothing to stop me in my tracks like before. My biggest concern is the extra treatments - first the toxicity of the drugs, transfusions, new PICC line inserted. I had a clean PET scan on 1/2/2013 after 4 treatments. These new treatments are a precaution because I had aggressive bone involvement...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer 2009
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had 3 lumpectomies in 2009 followed by chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

Ok, just a few side effects leftover from the chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IIIB Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (3 tumors) in Left Breast
Employment Status:
I was fired from my job as a litigation paralegal while going through chemo because I became too ill to work.
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
Left Mastectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy Right Prophylactic Mastectomy Chemo: Adriamycin and Cy...

How do you feel today?

My cancer is in remission (Whoo hoo). I still have terrible neuropathy in both feet and both hands, worse in my feet. I still am extremely fatigued and have chemo brain, but otherwise I am alive and am doing well.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage III C Papillary Serous Uterine/Cervix
Employment Status:
Short term disability
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery October 10, 2012, First Chemo October 18, 2012 Taxol and Carboplantin, just finished my f...

How do you feel today?

I am blessed, after chemo have four to five days of feeling pretty bad, joint and muscle pain then unable to sleep for two to three days after that then good. Goal was to return to work on a reduced hours but never could get things worked out so still on short term disability.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage II, Estrogen Positive
Employment Status:
Unemployed. No Income. No Insurance. Last job (in 2009) let me go when I became ill. Had a discrimination case. Depressed and Frustrated with job prospects.
Gender/Age:
Female/41
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had chemotherapy from September of 2010 until November of 2010 (Cytoxin and Taxotere). Had a mast...

How do you feel today?

I don't feel good mentally. I am having a hard time dealing with the financial devastation that cancer left behind. I am having a hard time dealing with the grief and the loss I have encountered. I still have fears about the cancer returning.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Follicular Lymphoma
Employment Status:
getting ready to return to work F/T after 4 month medical leave of absence
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of Rituxan and Bendamustine infusion, once every 4 weeks

How do you feel today?

I have a good amount of energy today, and am feeling both grateful and at peace.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Heptocellular Carcinoma (Primary Liver Cancer)
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Male/63
Type and Description of Treatments:
So far I have had one TACE procedure. (TransArtirialCatheterEblation)

How do you feel today?

I feel OK. I don't feel phyisically different, knowing that I have Cancer. I have been dealing with the side effects of Stage four Cirhosis of the Liver and chronic hepatitus-C for about 5 years. So I can't say that anything has really changed.

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I was Diagnosed with:
intermediate grade invasive ductal carcinoma
Employment Status:
full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
six months of chemo, followed by 30 radiation treatments... and I'm done!

How do you feel today?

Blessed. Relieved and yet still, honestly, a little anxious. Anxious that I could have to fight this battle again in the future. It was a long six months; but I realize I am very lucky... could have been a very different outcome, had I not found it so early. Glad that I don't have to drive 70 miles, 5 days a week for treatment, becaus...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Two Surgeries, six weeks radiation Therapy

How do you feel today?

I feel good!

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