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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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Self Employed
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, then Sentinel Node Biopsy, Beginning TC Chemo in one week. I then will have 33 radiat...

How do you feel today?

Grateful. Anxiety ridden. Fearful.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Fired now for the cancer
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
ABVD Chemo treatments every two weeks for a possible total of eight treatments. They are really ...

How do you feel today?

I don't feel so good today. I am angry that I had a good job going, and things were finally going well for me and my two children (I'm a single mom) - trying to get one through freshman year of high school and one through senior year (two boys). My employer just cut things off and left me with no money. I had a good job, but still l...

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I was Diagnosed with:
NHL Large B Cell
Employment Status:
unemployed
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemo-therapy: Rituximab,Doxorubicin hydrochloride,Vincristine,and Cyclophosphamide coctail - eve...

How do you feel today?

While I am getting stronger, neuropathy in my hands and feet continues to be bothersome. My hair is growing back (yeah!) everywhere. My nails are still baby fine and continue to shred and catch on everything. I am now off hormone replacement therapy and experiencing most of the symptoms of menopause - a double whammy - I don't know...

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