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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
FT
Age:
46
Type and Description of Treatments:
Stem Cell Transplant after Revlimid/Dexamethasone clinical trial brought disease to partial respo...

How do you feel today?

I feel wonderful! Very blessed to be in remission, going on nearly 4 years. Active, with no limitations except my own self-induced stress!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - Stage 2a HER2 Positive
Employment Status:
Not working; on medical leave
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had bilateral mastectomy (right side was prophylactic); axillary node dissection in left arm; had...

How do you feel today?

Relatively fine with fatigue and aches and pains from mastectomy/reconstruction. I have my worst days for a solid week following my chemo, but for two weeks I gradually feel a bit better until my next chemo treatment. I always have an underlying level of anxiety and slight depression about my cancer and can't really think/focus on anyt...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Employment Status:
Part-Time
Age:
25
Type and Description of Treatments:
I went through 3 years of chemo, steroids, bone-marrow biopsies, blood tests, and spinal taps.

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good today, hopeful because I have a job interview on Wednesday with the Starlight Children's Foundation; a non-profit for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer
Employment Status:
Employed FT
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy. Six months of chemo.

How do you feel today?

Fair. I do have what's called Post Mastectomy Syndrome, which is neuropathic pain of my chest wall, axilla, and at times also goes up to my shoulder blade. It's been pretty difficult to manage. I am on multiple medications. I have gained 45 pounds and have more pain from that. I think I would manage much better if I could work part ti...

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I was Diagnosed with:
triple negative ductal breast cancer stage 2
Employment Status:
disability
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
4/09 lumpectomy w/node dissection 5/09 cytox./taxo. 2Q wks x4 rounds then 6wks of radiation initi...

How do you feel today?

On a scale of 1-10, today is a 8, not much pain, just fatigue. I generally feel tired like I'm just getting over a cold or flu while on chemo, take naps in the afternoons. Lung pain, shoulder pain only occasional since chemo. Appetite comes and goes, heartburn all the time with chemo both times, queasy more frequently with adrianmycin ...

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