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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 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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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
family medical leave
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
breast exam 7/13/10, mammogram & ultrasound 7/15/10, biopsy 7/16/10, dx with breast ca 7/20/10 & ...

How do you feel today?

A little better. I consider myself fortunate when I have energy to smile, laugh, & accomplish small tasks like a load of laundry.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage two Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
N/A
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy, Surgery, Radiation, Her2 positive. Surgery was not available prior to the chemo bas...

How do you feel today?

I feel anxious and scared to this day I still feel that I don't know were I am going. My faith in God tells me that everything will be alright.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Papillary Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Full throidectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering NY 2007. Medicine daily and calcium. I take levothy...

How do you feel today?

I feel so much better as it has been three years. I have follow up every 4 months. I get depressed as it has made me lose my last two great jobs. It's hard to keep starting over when I need to be available for my medical appts.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV colon cancer
Employment Status:
long term disability
Age:
54
Type and Description of Treatments:
After surgical removal of my left lung, two-thirds of my colon, 2 lymph nodes, appendix and gallb...

How do you feel today?

Overall, I feel great. I have gained 10 lbs in the past 6 months and would like to get that off. I am happy that I don't have to go to the doctor's office so often. I had intermittent battles with chemo brain during the treatments and seem to have forgotten some things. But definitely have kept my sense of humor. I also feel so than...

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