I am an accountant and have always worked in the Real Estate field. I lost my job over two years ago at Kraft because of the economy and Kraft downsizing. I was 60, I am now 63 and was diagnosed in July 2013 with stage IV Ovarian Cancer and Bladder Cancer. I have had two surgeries and 5 months of chemo. I am now considered cancer free and was told I could return to work. I originally started my unemployment with Unemployment benefits, then took early retirement and am now on SS Disability.
My question is this; Could I bridge the gaps in my resume by saying that I retired and am now wanting to re-enter the work force on a part time basis? This way I would not have to bring up my cancer right away at least. And if I were able to work part time I would be able to maintain my SS Disability for a while and then go back to my retirement benefit. I am also wanting to make a career change only because of the type of accounting that I did was to stressful and I know I cannot return to that level of responsibility.
Thank you, your thoughts are appreciated.