Sara J. on September 22, 2022
I was diagnosed with Stage 1A1 Cervical Cancer in 2019 and was cleared after two small surgeries. I unfortunately had a recurrence in 2022 and required a hysterectomy with chemo/radiation and was unable to work. During my recovery, I interviewed and was offered a new job. I am very excited about the new position and have a start date about 2 months after treatment. I work in healthcare as a Physician Assistant and will be in the hospital seeing patients and on my feet for most of the day. I am definitely not the same person I was before this year and am worried that I will still have the same fatigue I am experiencing now. I think this will impact my job performance as I may need more rest periods, in addition to my several follow up appointments every 3 months (4 different doctors and port flushing plus PET scans). I'm curious if I need to discuss this and my cancer with HR prior to working or just wait and see. I will be starting in about 4 weeks. Luckily, my new job is with the same healthcare system and building that I received my treatment so I wouldn't have to travel far. I just want to be a good new employee but also take care of myself at the same time.