Lori C. on July 21, 2010
I have taught high school English for 28 years. I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. I took time off then to deal with my illness. I even worked during the day and took my radiation treatments in the afternoon after school. Once again I was diagnosed with breast cancer recently and just underwent bilateral mastectomies. I have other health issues added on to this for which I take a number of medications. My district is laying teachers off left and right in this day and age of downsizing and not-so-great economic conditions. Older teachers are being pushed into retirement or made to work under conditions that make them want to retire. I had wanted to keep working at least another 5 years in order to retire comfortably, but I am not sure that is going to happen. The district is on a fault-finding mission to find reason to let go of older teachers who are the top of their game in terms of salary. With what I make, I could be replaced by two fresh-out-of-college teachers. The cancer just adds to this situation.
If necessary, I would love to find work that I could do at home using my computer and writing skills. Where do I start?