Hello, my name is Morgan and I have completed treatment for Stage 2B lung cancer, which included removal of my left lung, and 4 chemo treatments. At 6 months post surgery my scans look good and I can start to resume my pre cancer life. I have been home through LTD insurance and my employer is still holding a job for me.
I am a Sr. Project Manager at a construction company, which specializes in renovations of government buildings. My job routinely exposes me to all types of demolition and drywall dust, fumes from glues and finishes, etc…. Approx 50% of my time was spent on the jobsite which typically involved climbing flights of stairs, walking long distances, etc……. As the manager of these multi million dollar projects, I was responsible for many details.
I am concerned that some of the aspects of my job will be too much for me, although do hope that my strength will continue to increase with time. I will remain somewhat impaired simply from having one lung. As such, I also believe I will have to be vigilant in protecting my remaining lung from irritants, etc..
I want to be clear with my employer on what to expect upon my return and had hoped the survivorship program at my hospital would assist, but they don’t work with lung cancer survivors. How do I explain things like chemo brain (umm I’m sorry but I may not remember what you tell me one minute to another) and who can I look to help me define temporary and permanent limitations/side effects? I don’t want to unduly frighten my employer but want expectations on both sides to be realistic Thanks for any insight you can provide.