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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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
base of tongue cancer
Employment Status:
full time
Gender/Age:
/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
My treatment was a radical neck dissection, Chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

I feel absolutely fabulous. I have a issues with eating and I have a few aches and pains here and there however; I am alive and I love every minute of my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
working 80% of full-time
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Partial mastectomy, no lymph node involvement, radiation, one year of tamoxifen

How do you feel today?

Basically good. Tired & out of shape, but finally out of the 2+ years of long-term post-treatment fatigue.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Stage 2 Lymphoma, Chemo and radiation

How do you feel today?

Not good

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