Megan B. on October 16, 2017
I can't tell you how many times I have sat down to write to this amazing resource group. I guess I have been a bit overwhelmed and I don't know what direction to go in at all.
I will tell my cancer backstory as quickly as possible. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 18 years old, I have had major surgery about every other year since then, I am now 28. This will be my life pattern, I am not curable and my cancer grows a bit aggressively as it lives in my soft tissue, which I recently found out is pretty rare. lucky me. Surgery is never an easy time, I would say it takes about 6 months before I finally feel like myself again afterwards which results in job gaps, or time off with angry managers. To begin with, working in the animal world is a very very thankless career, and I do not mean by the animals.
Having cancer at the same time as struggling to get my degree put a lot of things into perspective. I immediately chose my passion, which was my Bachelors in Animal science. However, upon graduating, I found that it was a much more demanding field than it had been portrayed to me. After so many surgeries on my neck and shoulder, I can't do the heavy lifting and restraining I was doing in my past jobs as a Zookeeper and a vet tech. I want to be able to build a life for myself like the people around me at my age are doing. I would love to make a decent income with health insurance while also being happy to go to work. I don't need my dream job, I don't think that exists for me anymore. The worst part is I don't know what direction to go in anymore. I don't want to waste my degree, but I am tired of feeling like I am just failing at life. Does that make sense?
Thanks for reading this and any advice you can shoot my way. If nothing else, thanks just for listening. I feel like I'm drowning in the unknown so it's pretty neat to have a site like this that may be able to provide any guidance.