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Anne30
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Re: Work

Thank you. I will do that. I tried to talk to the oncologists but they just said to go to work.!m not sure I’m mentally ready. I’ll certianly ask for an appointment with the occupational health people. Thanks for the advice
Phoebe4
Member

Re: Work

Hi Anne it would be a good idea to get referred to your Occupational Health department. This will probably happen anyway as part of the protocol.
They are usually very good at supporting you through this process and making sure your employers work with you to facilitate a return to work that is manageable for you, as and when you feel ready. Don't put yourself under any pressure or try to make any firm decisions yet.
Hugs Phoebe x
riversidedawn
Member

Re: Work

One step at a time Anne. Depending on your treatment regime and travelling you may feel you can work some weeks and not others.

I reduced my hours through chemo and was able to work from home. It gave a sense of normality but if I'd had to travel to work and face a classroom of students (of any age!) I don't think I would have coped with that.

Also think about the continuity for the learners. See how it goes we're all different and react differently to the drugs.

All the best x
funnyface
Community Champion

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Anne, Doctors do not usually tell you how long. I didn't ask he just came out with it. Actually said to me it's not an immediate death sentence you probably have 2 years. Two years sounded immediate to me at the time! I was a school bus driver, then worked with early stage dementia, then later stage. Believe me I was in a germ infested atmosphere. I went 8 years without even a cold until this winter. Then I caught a very mild one. I am fairly strong willed but am the biggest chicken ever! FF

Benten
Member

Re: Work

I work in secondary and primary schools as well as various youth groups. I didn't even catch a cold the winter I was on chemo. Did have a cold this winter but think a picked it up on an airplane. I wonder if working with so many snotty noses and getting sneezed over hepls build up your immune system.x

Anne30
Member

Re: Work

That’s very helpful thank you. The nurse said schools aren’t great places when you’re having chemo but I like work and assume it’s best to keep things normal? I’m not sure how I’d cope with being told two years! Do they generally volunteer an estimate or do you have to ask? I should get a clearer picture on Monday. You sound very brave and strong
funnyface
Community Champion

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Anne, I have had lung mets for 12 1/2  years. I've been through several chemos. I've always worked through all my treatments. I had a bad spell back in 2012 and a year after it my oncologist said he couldn't bel I eve how well I was doing. He told me he thought the bad spell was the end of the road for me. Well it's 6 years since then.I did take disability back then so I'm only allowed to work PT and earn a certain amount to keep disability. You should be able to teach and handle chemo. I'm 63 and even started flat water kayaking last year. I wouldn't take off 6 months til you see how you respond to chemo. You can counteract most side effects. I have had abraxane/avastin, vinorelbine, capecitabine, gemcitabine, palbociclib/letrozole and now exemestane/rebellious. We are all different in our reactions, but don't count on being ill. Btw I think we all have searched for life expectancy. My oncologist told me I had 2 years. Thankful he was wrong! I saw a lady last month on bcmets.org who has been here 31 years with lung mets. Hugs! Wishing you the best! FF

Anne30
Member

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Goodness you ladies are impressive! I thought my life was over when I heard it had spread.
Benten
Member

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Hi Anne.  I was diagnosed with secondaries last July and I have continued to work full-time. When I had my primary a few years ago I did have some time off for surgery but did manage to work part-time through chemo. My work was very accomadating.  These days I go once a month to get my denosamab injection. It does mean I am a couple of hours late in that day but apart from that treatment (so far) as not effected my work. I am on letrozole and ibrance so only need to take two pills. One in the morning and one in the evening. At the moment all perfectly do-able.xx

Anne30
Member

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Thank you! That’s so encouraging. I like work and having worked all the time my children were growing up and having to juggle it’s been good just focusing on work. Now I’ve got work and cancer but encouraging to know it may be doable. Thank you
LYNDYLOO
Member

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Morning Anne

It is possible regarding work. I had 6 months off when going through treatment then had a gradual return to work.

Worked till my retirement at 63. Diagnosed breast and bone mets at same time age 57.

Bone mets is seen as a chronic illness not a death sentence. Can live for years with it.

Good luck with treatment.

Linda

Anne30
Member

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Two colleagues of mine have also recently been treated. They said the same - so many teachers!
Carolyn52
Member

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Hello Anne

Maybe I'm speaking out if turn but so many ladies here are teachers ..it must be all the stress !! Not me though I'm retired but was a legal cashier but stressful!
I think you must just see how u go with work ..have the time off for chemo and then maybe a phase back to work then ?
Take a day at a time ..don't run before you can walk as my mum used to say !!
Hugs xx
Anne30
Member

Work

I’m not sure if my post worked. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on work? I am a full time teacher and my school has been excellent so far. I am thinking in terms of six months off for chemo and then more if I have surgery. Is it realistic to think in terms of going back to work while managing bone mets and treatment after that?