Planning ahead - so am prepared

Right this may seem a little doom and gloom but I am someone that weighs up all options etc.


I have acontract which pays 30 days sick pay in a calendar year and has a clause that I can be “teminated” if i am off with long term sickness (what ever defines that!)

I also have to give my client at least 10 days notice for planned absence.


So if I have the unwanted visitor removed and its not bc I assume we’re talking a few days at most… but if I need a masectomy and breast recon (say double) what is the shortest amount of time I need off?


As sole provider for my family with no savings and a rented house and a job that will be hard to do PT I’m a little concerned…




Hello Storminadcup

Whilst waiting for replies maybe you could give our free helpline a ring on 0808 800 6000 and have a confidential chat with one of the breast care nurses who are there to support you, lines are open to Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 – 2.00.

I have also attached a link to the Macmillan details on financial issues as this may help

With best wishes

June, moderator

Not sure if u are self employed? But you are covered by dda and think it would be against employment law for your employer not to take into account reasonable adjustments fir a full return to work.
I had bilateral mx and work in a fairly stressful job full time plus single mum to teenagers - I am 14 days post op today and there is no way I could go back just yet. It’s the fatigue that has clouted me ( I’m normally fit and healthy) - a mx is major surgery and just because they send you home on same day sometimes doesn’t mean you should be up and at it!!! I’ve been signed off for 4 weeks by the hospital but know that I am probably looking at 6-8 weeks before I can think of going back and then it will prob be on a phased return. However everyone’s circumstances are different - i also have a 45 min each way commute so need to take that into account. You may also feel better to go back quicker or longer - just don’t push yourself - plenty do and wind up with infections and complications x
Wishing you all the best for a successful prognosis and speedy recovery xxx


Hope the link provided by the BCC team helped you with the legal/financial side.  As Jets said I think this depends on your individual circumstances and whether everything goes smoothly with surgery.  I was keen to get back to work and did not want to be off for a long time so I was rather down when hospital was talking about signing me off for 4 weeks for mx.  BCC helpline cheered me up by telling me I might not need that long and luckily I found this was true.  I have had double mx (with sentinel node biopsies) but a few months apart because the problem with the second breast only showed up later.  For both I had a week off and then worked at home the following week to avoid commute (GP gave me a fit to work at home certificate). This worked well for me but everyone is different.  Some work flexibility is useful - I had to have seromas drained a few times so had to pop back to the hospital for this.  I did not want reconstructions which I suspect might need more time - hopefully someone else may be able to tell you.  


Unfortunately for me after second mx I needed chemo and radiotherapy for that side (for the first one the mx was enough).  I was lucky to be able to negotiate some project work I could do at home but found risk of infection (chemo) and daily visits for radiotherapy were more restrictive than surgery.  I really hope that you get the all clear so you don’t need to worry about any of this.  Fingers crossed for you.

Im about to start chemo,m a single mom and had to quit working I need finicial help,i need some advice.

Contact macmillan or this sites team… uf you have a maggies centre or haven near you they too could help.
Best wishes x x