Susan G. on October 7, 2017
Resume Building and Writing,
I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August of this year. July 28, I had back surgery to repair two fractures, remove a tumor from my spine. The physical therapist says at this time, I can lift up to five pounds. I am starting on Ibrance October 9. Before having back surgery, I had two jobs. One was a Substitute Teacher Assistant for Special Education classes, the other was a Caregiver for a healthcare organization (often short assignments involving special needs children, basic care so parents could have a break). I am supposed to be able to lift up to 50 pounds with the jobs I have had. These positions do not always require lifting, but at times do. I am currently on temporary disability. I want to give myself some time to recover from my back and see how I do on Ibrance, but bottom line is, I may need to find another job. I am 63 years old. Any ideas on what kind of work I can do, that does not require lifting? I like working with kids, but unfortunately, many jobs related working with children require some kind of lifting. I realize I need to see if I am doing well with the cancer treatment. I am on a limited income, can not afford to go back to school unless it was close to being free. Even if it was close to being free, at my age it seems practical to look for something that does not require years of training (but certainly some training would probably be required). Please let me know if you have any ideas about where I can look for new work when I am ready to start looking. My hope is, that I can start looking for work if I am doing well with Ibrance treatment.