Be the Boss Over Cancer

Cancer and Careers is collecting snapshots of the cancer experience by asking working people with cancer at all phases of their treatment and recovery to answer the same series of questions about their outlook, their work experience and advice they would give others. We invite you to read their stories and share your own.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ovarian Stage IIB
Employment Status:
20 to 40 hours weekly
Gender/Age:
Female/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
2008: initial diagnosis treated with debulking surgery and 6 rounds of chemo with Carboplatin and...

How do you feel today?

I feel realistically optimistic. I am very grateful for the generosity of my immediate manager to hold my work position beyond the 12 weeks of the federal guidelines in the FMLA act.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Acute promyelocytic leukemia and Oesteosarcoma
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/47
Type and Description of Treatments:
My twin and I were diagnosed with Acute promyelocytic leukemia when we were 16 years old. At fir...

How do you feel today?

I feel okay. But my get-up-and go, got up and went and I am just waiting for it to return. Busy getting over an unexpected migraine I got yesterday. Don't have them very often.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, IPMN Cancer, Puestow with Adenocarcinoma of Pancreas, Thyroid Cancer
Employment Status:
Paralegal Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/59
Type and Description of Treatments:
In October 2008 I was Diagnosed with Stage 2 Kidney Cancer to that I had a partial Nephrectomy of...

How do you feel today?

Today as of April 22, 2015 Earth Day ..I feel wonderful. I just had my surgery done for the incisional hernia I had on my tummy "abdomen" and just this past October 2014 I had my first round of Radiation Treatments as the Thyroid Cells they took out was Stage 3 in the Thyroid gland, but Stage 4 in my Lymph Nodes.....otherwise Life is g...

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage IV Colon Cancer, metastasis, FAP
Employment Status:
disabled
Gender/Age:
Male/45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Five major surgeries, 2 of the 5 surgeries were to remove my entire colon and rectum. I have a pe...

How do you feel today?

Besides the frequent amount of hernias being hernia prone, I feel well otherwise. Good days and bad days.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Male/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have undergone treatment for Multiple myelomaa for the last six years. Right now I am on Revlim...

How do you feel today?

I do not feel well today. I am well and somewhat happy a little miserable and angry at myself.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Cervical Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed at time of diagnosis
Gender/Age:
Female/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was diagnosed with Stage 3B cervical cancer, & given a 50% chance of survival. My tumor was in...

How do you feel today?

Today I am doing as good as can be expected. My biggest problem is nerve damage in both legs. After my treatments, I walked with a cane for 4.5 years. NO MORE! I have good days & bad days. I just take it one day at a time!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
not employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy. Chemotherapy. Radiation. 10 years of hormonal therapy.

How do you feel today?

Physically I feel pretty good right now.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer 2009
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/49
Type and Description of Treatments:
Had 3 lumpectomies in 2009 followed by chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

Ok, just a few side effects leftover from the chemo.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3 NSC Lung Cancer Right lung
Employment Status:
PT - Consulting Practice
Gender/Age:
Female/66
Type and Description of Treatments:
In 2007, Etoposide and Carboplatin plus Radiation. Late 2008 Alimta along with prednisone to de...

How do you feel today?

I feel the best I have since diagnosis - oh maybe a little older but I have energy and stamina back. I can garden, clean house and am able to exercise. I feel blessed that I am doing so well at the 5 year mark.

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I was Diagnosed with:
CML- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Employment Status:
Employed/Long Term Disability
Gender/Age:
Female/23
Type and Description of Treatments:
First year and a half of treatment was Gleevec. Last 3 1/2 years was Tasigna. My body became im...

How do you feel today?

I feel tired, drained and worn out. I have bone pain and crazy body aches.

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