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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:
Stage 2b, HER 2 pos, ER/PR pos breast cancer
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
38
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a bilateral mastectomy with 9 negative lymph nodes removed in September of 2008 and began c...

How do you feel today?

I feel incredible- thankful for amazing amounts of energy and beautiful people in my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time Mom/Part-time cleaning service
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had surgery to remove a tumor in my breast. Then radiation which is all that I should have had ...

How do you feel today?

My strength is 75% back to normal. I am able to do most of my daily Mom chores but I can't work and I'm not sure if I'll be able to for a long time.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast cancer both breast 2 different types
Employment Status:
self
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
5 months of chemo. Surgery last Friday. And waiting to see what treatment is next. Thinking Radia...

How do you feel today?

Today I see my Surgeon Dr. Gass she is the best. To get my results from the pathologist from the lymphnode removal. And hopefully get this drain removed. And to see what my next treatment will be. So I'm nervous.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy, Chemo & Radiation

How do you feel today?

I've had my first chemo treatment and except for the first week after I've been feeling pretty good. I have my next treatment coming up this Thursday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Recurrent renal cell carcinoma
Employment Status:
Full time RN
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was first diagnosed with RCC (renal cell carcionoma or kidney cancer) in July 2003. I had a co...

How do you feel today?

I still worry daily about the return of the cancer but try to live each day to its fullest so I have no regrets if it does return. I have some new symptoms that are creeping back in (flank pain, fullness, fatigue and night sweats). My next visit with the oncologist is not until January (4 months away) and my primary doctor thinks I a...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer (HER-2 Postitive)
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was given carboplatin, taxotere & herceptin. The chemo treatment started on 4/29/09 and the las...

How do you feel today?

Today, I am glad to be alive because I almost died from my chemotherapy treatments. When I look in the mirror, I don't recognize myself and it isn't just because the hair is gone. I also gained a great deal of weight because of the steroids. My fiance is now my ex and my job is trying to demote me and cut my hours after working there f...

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage II
Employment Status:
on disability
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
Originally diagnosed at stage 0. After L. mastectomy and expander, pathology came back to stage ...

How do you feel today?

Depressed, tired, pain.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Thyroid Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Total removal of Thyroid, two radioactive iodine treatments

How do you feel today?

Today I feel great - I feel lucky. I have had my not so good days but have really made it thru with the help and support of my family.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Metestatic Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Age:
37
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had countless rounds of infusion and IP chemotherapy, oral chemo and radiation along with ...

How do you feel today?

I am endstage. The cancer has spread to my lungs and brain. I endure difficulty in breathing, headaches, seizures among other symptoms.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian cancer
Employment Status:
Full time employee
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
In December 2006 I had a complete hysterectomy with debulking. I had a porta-cath inserted eight ...

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I'm painting the kitchen, planting plants, moving furniture and generally doing everything I had in the past. Will return to work next week and schedule will be the same.

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