Katharine S. on February 10, 2016
i am a 60-year-old (soon to be 61) single, professional woman who was diagnosed and treated for early-stage breast cancer in 2014. This diagnosis obviously came out of the blue, but ever since, I have been overwhelmed with multiple challenges, the most severe of which are ongoing depression, anxiety and a current dead-end job.
At one point in my professional life, I was working in the high-tech sector of the newspaper software and systems industry, earning six figures and managing 70 employees. Now I find myself working in a low-paying, part-time retail position and living on a precarious edge that I never imagined I would find myself on. I have applied for promotions with my current employer, for which I was qualified, but been turned down. The company I am currently working for was aware of my cancer diagnosis and treatment (I had to take a short amount of time off for surgery and post-op recovery, less than two weeks). I believe my age and cancer history are unstated reasons that I have been turned down for internal opportunities.
I need to get myself out of this downward spiral of diminishing hope and returns. Frankly, I am overwhelmed. Any suggestions are sincerely appreciated. Thank you so much in advance for your help.