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I have 2 chemo cycles left and I am questioning whether I can bounce right back into my prior life as people expect me to. My work wants me to start right away but my mind and body don't feel ready. How have people handled this?

Linda Burke Profile
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anonymous

Stage 1 Patient over 7 years
 
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I didnt work full time, I was too sick. Thankfully my boss was understanding n let me do a lot of work from home. It took me almost a year to feel normal again. Listen o your body, whatever anyone else thinks doesn't matter. Honestly nobody who hasn't been through this can really understand, family, friends etc. I was true to myself and only did what I could do.
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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Hi Linda, you don't mention how many cycles you will have had. I had 6 and it took me 3-4 weeks to start to feel "normal" again. At about week 4 it was like I woke up one morning and said "hey, I feel pretty good!" I didn't push it, though, because I was still anemic and got tired quickly. Despite what they might want, I don't believe your job can require you to return to work before you are healed from your treatment. Nor can they "punish" you in any way for not returning when they wanted you to. I'd talk to your HR person if you have one, and certainly review your company handbook or policies if they have them. If necessary get a note from your doctor stating that your health doesn't permit you to begin working for XX weeks or months. Good luck!
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  • Becky G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    It took me 3 weeks to "recover" before I had my surgery. I have now have one week left of radiation and still don't feel back to my old self. I'm thinking I'll need a several months. Who knows. I may never get my energy back. I will be on Tamoxifen for 5 years. Good luck!
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  • dorothy harder Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    As I read these answers I see you have a lot of support. I worked through my treatment And took about three weeks off from my surgery. I am trying to get through physical fitness test now, but really feeling the effects of tamoxifin. Don't surcome to feeling you cant do stuff like you did before. Don't give up.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I teach school my 5th round was the last day of school. The 6 th round , of chemo, was the end of June. I stared radiation Aug 1st. So I had some rest but I still had 3 weeks of rads when school started. It was doable not wonderful. The summer break helped a lot but it was mangeable.
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  • Becky G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I guess it depends on how you feel. Do you have more treatments? Surgery?
    over 7 years Flag
    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No Becky , I don't have any more treatments or surgery after my 6th cycle in august. The chemo is my last Treatment. I'm just so emotionally and physically drained I can't imagine popping back into my formal life and That's not like me( pre...

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      No Becky , I don't have any more treatments or surgery after my 6th cycle in august. The chemo is my last Treatment. I'm just so emotionally and physically drained I can't imagine popping back into my formal life and That's not like me( pre cancer). No tamoxifen for me as I'm triple negative. Thanks for your help

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Linda do what is right for you. You know your job and your body better than anyone. Your boss doesn't have cancer. He/she has to protect the business and probably wants your pre cancer energy back. If you din't allow yourself to get well you can...

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      Linda do what is right for you. You know your job and your body better than anyone. Your boss doesn't have cancer. He/she has to protect the business and probably wants your pre cancer energy back. If you din't allow yourself to get well you can do your job. You will know when it's time to push yourself. Your mind and your heart have heal as much as your body. My Rad Onc gave me that piece of advice. Take time to bring joy into your life.

      over 7 years Flag
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I meant to say can't do you job....sorry

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  • Alison Smith Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Linda, I just started back to work after being out since 1-27-12. My last chemo was 5-30. I couldn't have started back before now. Take at least an extra week after you usually recover from each treatment. I was tired this week but survived. I also started radiation this week.
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    It takes a while because fatigue lasts for a long long time. Your work should know that you'll still be tired for a while and to be understanding. I worked through my final two chemo because it was the start of school year and even when I was done, I sometimes needed to go in late, or rest during day. Teaching is tiring anyway, but fatigue made it tough. I'm you've and active, so working out helped me have energy. Listen to your body though!
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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