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Julie Stewart - March 2018
Although deciding whether or not to work may not be at the forefront of one's mind when learning of an advanced breast cancer diagnosis, it is nonetheless a very important decision that requires thought about the meaning of work. While work can present a whole new challenge during this time, it can also provide a sense of purpose and normalcy, in addition to income and benefits.
Executive Director of Cancer and Careers, Rebecca Nellis, points out a few considerations when making the decision of whether or not to continue working through treatment. Nellis suggest consulting your healthcare team to ask them how your treatment may affect your responsibilities at work.
Also consider what work actually means to you, beyond just the paycheck. Nellis explains that work is "tied to our identity, our sense of self and self-worth and our sense of contribution to the world."
For more useful suggestions on making the decision to work through treatment or not, click here.
Original source: www.everydayhealth.com