Be the Boss Over Cancer

by Amanda B. on April 14, 2013
I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Date of Diagnosis:
August 29, 2012
Employment Status:
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy October 2012. Radiation December 2012/January 2013 Ovaries removed 4/9/2013
How do you feel today?

Tired. Lack motivation.

Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?

I was laid off from my job on 3/5/13. I do have severance and insurance until the end of August.

What is going well for you right now?

I am recovering nicely from the surgery I just had. I have support and understanding from my family.

What is not going well for you right now?

Need to get motivated to find a new job.

What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?

I never felt/looked sick. The radiation did cause me to be exhausted but I have recovered from that.

When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?

My family.

What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?


Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?

Laid off from job on 3/5/13.

What has helped you continue to work the most?

Work gave me something to do every day.

If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?

Get as much information as you can. You have to be proactive and know what may or may not come up next.