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Did any of you guys stop working to do chemo?

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anonymous

Stage 2A Patient about 7 years
 
  • Christina H Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Please take advantage of any Short Term Disability that your job may offer you. Just remember this -- you are in the fight for your life. Your job will go on if you aren't here. You need to focus on HEALING. Alot of people do not have that kind of benefit though and are worried about losing their income. Along with Short Term disability, there is the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) that can protect you and your job if you meet the qualifications as well as your employer meeting the qualifications. With that mouthful being said... I am one of the lucky ones that have wonderful benefits, including Short Term (had 100% pay for 6 weeks, 75, 6 weeks after, 60% until it ran out). I actually started working intermittently, while I was out on short term, after the 100% pay. But working when I wanted to and only from home. Chemo made me VERY sick, but I had some ok days in between. I'm glad I had the ability to stay home and heal, without worry. Again, I'm one of the lucky ones where my employer supported me and still does to this day. Best Wishes.
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  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I worked part time only in the office, the rest at home. I was just too ill. Everyone is different though. Most people do work.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Dawn Sullivan Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    I had my treatments on Fridays so I would only miss 1 day. And it was fine. Facing chemo again for breast and colon cancers same plan as before.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I teach school 1-4 were during spring semester. 5 &6 were after school was out. Thank goodness because they kicked my back side.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Every journey is indivdual. Everyone's choice is right for them. God takes care of all of us.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was very blessed to have Short term disability and FMLA from my employer so I was able to stay home after my surgeries, radiation and chemo, I suffered with terrible side effects of chemo and still in recovery mode since last treatment the end of May, so I still have not returned to work and may not be able to return in the foreseeable future, taking one day at a time trying to stay positive.
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  • Dee Layng Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did not work as I got soo sick after treatments, the sickness lasted 6-7 days and then there was the tiredness, then when I finally starts recovering from each treatment it was time to go in for another and the whole cycle started again. Chemo affects everyone differently, better to wait and see how you are feeling before trying to go to work. :) good luck hon.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Kelly McKenzie Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I started back to work after my first treatment - it was the hardest but my doctor tweaked my chemo cocktail and I did a lot better. Plan for some time off in the beginning - you should be good to go there after.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Mary Chase Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    When I met with my surgeon before my mastectomies he told me I would need 6-12 months off work. I lost my job anyway because I didn't have enough sick or FMLA time. In my situation I know I could not have worked.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • cindy stephenson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I worked until after my 6th treatment. I am a nurse and you can imagine how hard it was. The last treatment just kicked my butt. I think if I had an office job I may have kept going but not physical labor. Take care if urself no one else will!!!good luck
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I worked throughout my treatments. I had treatments every other thursday, so I would take that day plus Friday off, then was well enough to be back at work on Monday. I wanted to be at work, i am ait kept my mind off feeling yucky.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I have treatment every 3 weeks. I am out of work for about a week after each treatment, part time the next week, full time the next week and then it starts all over again. It's different for everyone though
    about 7 years Comment Flag

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