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:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Full Time Employment
Gender/Age:
Female/44
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was diagnosed with DCIS on January 7th 2011. They were able to save the skin but not the breast...

How do you feel today?

I never really felt "sick", but I feel great today! I am still numb around my stomach and my breast will be numb for a long time, but I am back to my normal daily routine. The only thing that has been hard for me to add back into my routine is working out, but that is coming soon. I have had a hard time with getting back into my work o...

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I was Diagnosed with:
CML- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Employment Status:
Employed/Long Term Disability
Gender/Age:
Female/23
Type and Description of Treatments:
First year and a half of treatment was Gleevec. Last 3 1/2 years was Tasigna. My body became im...

How do you feel today?

I feel tired, drained and worn out. I have bone pain and crazy body aches.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Non-Hogkins Lymphoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Ratuxin and Chemo every three weeks times 6 followed by maintenance Ratunxin once every two monther

How do you feel today?

Today is a down day. I am feeling sorry for myself and my situation despite a caring wonderful husband and two wonderful teenage boys. Unemployment running out, which will mean health insurance issues. I am looking for employment but it's difficult to imagine getting hired when receiving chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer Stage 2B
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had many very difficult biopsies followed by 2 partial mastectomies. I am scheduled to hav...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel conflicted. I want to feel good because I don't really have any pain or discomfort today. The sun is shining, I worked in the yard earlier but 2 hours and I have this nagging fatigue. 3 months ago I could garden or golf all day. I feel dull and a little teary.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 breast cancer and DCIS
Employment Status:
Research Scientist
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
My type of breast cancer and description of treatment has been provided in previous posts.

How do you feel today?

I feel great today--very energetic and happy that spring has finally arrived to the north land.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV NSC Lung Cancer
Employment Status:
Consultant -recently retired
Gender/Age:
Female/64
Type and Description of Treatments:
In the last couple of years, I have faced the return of my cancer, in the fluid of my lungs which...

How do you feel today?

I feel great. I'm not as strong as I used to be nor do I have the stamina. Most people who meet me have no clue that I have advanced cancer.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lymphoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/55
Type and Description of Treatments:
Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Stage 4. Currently undergoing chemo. Just had my first 3 sessions cons...

How do you feel today?

Better than yesterday but still very tired. My body hurts, my eyes won't focus and I can't taste anything. Energy - what energy?

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage IV
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy- Avastin Abraxene, Neulasta, Right Mastectomy, Radiation, Left skin sparing Mastecto...

How do you feel today?

Feeling good. Due for a PET Scan this month, Getting ready to get back to work. I will continue to have IV treatment monthly I have bone metastasis.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Update to Pancoast Tumor
Employment Status:
Long term disability
Age:
50
Type and Description of Treatments:
After my first entry into the Collective Online Diary Questionnaire,12/28/08, I had 1 surgery to ...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel great. It's been over two years since I made my first entry and at that time I really didn't expect to survive but I was writing like I was tough and could handle anything.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
warehouse
Age:
26
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a full hysterectumy. I didn't qualify for chemo or radiation because I was in the 1st stage...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel pretty good. I'm 26 and have been going thru menopause for 2 years now. I still get hot flashes and have a very hard time sleeping.

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