I had 4 days off after first WLE, then took 2 weeks after the second a month later. I worked normally for the first 3 weeks of rads (I have to have 25 sessions) then shorter days as the tiredness kicked in after 14 sessions. The last week I mainly worked about 3 hours a day from home as I am very tired. I have one more session on Monday, then I'm finished.
to be honest work is good for me. I'm worse when I'm alone at home thinking.. and eating.... but also I love my job, and when I'm there, I'm not thinking about anything else.
its a personal thing. Some people work through, some don't . I guess it depends on your journey to that point. I *only* had DCIS, but waiting to have invasive cancer ruled out was stressful, waiting to hear if they had clear margins after the 2nd op (if not then mastectomy was the next step) was also hard. But not as hard as having invasive cancer confirmed or having to deal with losing your whole breast and not just a nipple (in my case) and getting over a bigger operation. , People deal with stress in different ways, but whichever way, it's exhausting. Be kind to yourself and good luck.
I completely agree Sparkle, this is much worse mentally than Physically, I'm lucky to work with my sister, niece , brother in law and one of my best friends , also my boss is a 15 year cancer survivor so I've had masses of support there and found work a god send, I was able to have melt downs without being frowned upon and always someone to talk to, I've been very lucky and could have taken off as much time as I wanted on full pay so had no pressure which was lovely, I was fully prepared to be off during rads but felt so well I just kept going in to work and felt no need not to, i would say to anyone just do what feels right for you, I was completely fine and feel very fortunate to have got through it without any issues xx
Physically I could have worked from diagnosis to the end of my treatment. I had rads. I did not feel tired. Emotionally I was too fragile. I'd burst into tears at anything, not good in a large open plan office. I returned to work on a 6 week phased return 1.5 weeks after my rads ended. I received full pay while sick. I was off for 3.5 months in total. I kept in touch with my work while I was off which made it easier to return. I had several appointments to attend. It was good not having to rush to them.
Do what is right for you.
Hi Cath I took two weeks off after my op then went back to work once I had results, I only had rads and didn't start them for around 6 weeks and the only appointment I had before them was to see the oncologist , I worked all through treatment and found it fine, I know a lot don't as they feel very tired but luckily I was ok, fingers crossed for good results next week xx Jo
hi I had lumpectomy and SNB last week and I get my results on that next week. If the margins are clear and SNB ok then I think the plan is to go straight to radiotherapy ( do not pass go do not collect £200) . I am sore but not in pain and considering going back to work after results as I understand it might be another 4-6 weeks before radiotherapy. Any advice or views out there? Will I have lots of appointments to attend?