I'm 29 years old and I have a very aggressive case of Multiple Myeloma. I've been out of work ever since I was diagnosed back in July of last year. In January I had a bone marrow transplant but unfortunately it did very little to stop or slow down the progression of my cancer. Doctors have been pretty clear that there is little hope for me to go into remission and told me that unfortunately, with the way my disease is progressing I will run out of options.
Despite this, I'm still fairly healthy. I'm young, my organs are all clear at the moment and while I am undergoing radiation and chemo I don't feel all that sick. I mostly have fatigue but I've lived with fatigue for years. I want to start working again but the only real work background I have is in retail, I can't exactly work retail anymore as I still have a lot of bone pain and that kind of job can be pretty physically demanding. I was attending school and about ready to transfer else where before my diagnosis but those plans are lost. I can not do what I planned to do originally because again it would be too demanding on my body and I'm not sure going back to school is the right plan for me. Not to be bleak but I don't know how much time I have left and I don't know if I want to waste all that time in school.
I'd like to spend the rest of the time I have left in some kind of cancer advocacy job. I'm not sure what, fundraising or organizing or some kind of support for newly diagnosed patients. I know these kinds of jobs exist, I met a woman who helped me out when I was first diagnosed and I'm still in contact with her so I am probably going to ask her on advice on this is well. My question is though, is there any way a job out there exists for some one who does not have a college education? Or am I just going to have to end up going back to school and hoping for the best there? Also what kind of courses would one take for a job like that? I'm assuming social working courses but I'm not entirely sure.
Anyway this was probably far more long and rambling than it should have been so I'm sorry but thank you so much for you help.