Donnette P. on March 7, 2016
It has been 3 years since I diagnosed with breast cancer which led to chemotherapy and 5 surgeries later. I have been trying to work off and on as much as possible however I still have chemobrain symptoms and get very fatigued. I have a long commute to and from work, I started this particular job just before the diagnosis, and it was a job with a steep learning curve to begin with but I had the skills and experience to learn quickly. Course this is no longer the case, even though I work just 20 hours a week. I am 64 years old, have always worked as a professional but did not plan well financially and I need to work at least until I'm 67, maybe longer. I have decided that I do not have the stamina or motivation to continue this job, and financially I cannot continue to live in my home state of Hawaii and am moving to Washington state to live near my younger daughter and find work there. I have lived in WA before and have some community support there. I feel like I'm starting a new life and not even sure what kind of work I want to do anymore. I try to go to sleep early at night, some nights sleeping is better than others. I try to go to my gentle yoga classes at least 2 times a week. I meditate every morning. I try to cook and eat simple nutritional meals. I choose the social events depending upon how many people are there and what kind of people, but my outings are still limited. My support system is primarily on the phone. My coworkers have moved ahead and differently since I've been back. I am ready for a change. I'm excited and I'm scared! Help!