Hi I am an Outreach Worker for Social Services working with children in need. I am also a CIMI (Certified Infant Massage Instructor). I have been off sick since end of MAy 08 and found out today that after middle of Nov I go down to half pay (losing Â£700 a month) panic has set in but OH keeps comforting me stating we will be alright. I am also a level 1 football coach and I have a 7 year old son.
Wow, seems to be a lot of highly qualified people on this list. Maybe it's us less qualified people that are embarrased about our jobs. Anyway I will start . I am a Despatch/Export Co-ordinator in a warehouse ( with honours) (lol)
Secondary school Maths teacher
Just waved my kids off to school this morning after the holidays but not returning myself yet as just started chemo!!
Actually don't fancy returning at all, thinking of joining my OH in his gardening business!!
I'm a primary school teacher. I got diagnosed only a few weeks after my teaching assisstant returned to work after having breast cancer herself. Very odd.
Work for The National Trust as a Guide and look after the Volunteer Room Stewards at a moated Manor House. (I'm the second one to be dx out of the permanent work force with only 12 women in it.)
I'm an Orthopaedic Occupational Therapist in the NHS too, in my real life.............. but would love to open a virtual florist!! Now theres an idea.
It I do can I have the contract to supply The Dew Drop Inn??
I'm a finance administrator in residential/nursing care home for the elderly.
I think it's a social thing, everyone seems to be in employment where there is lots of contact with public - scared myself now!!!! BC, it's not because people breath over you ----- is it????
Hi i am a staff nurse in a NHS Mental Health Unit. Off work since Feb 08 due to go back in Oct 08. Been paid for sick leave so not too bad, will be strange to go back after all this time .
Take care all
I am a staff nurse in an NHS hospital
Was off sick for nearly a year following breast cancer dx in 2005, now out sick again following kidney cancer dx in July
Just had kidney removed few weeks ago
Have had my moneys worth from the NHS in more ways than one, would change it if i could though lol
This site has kept me sane and i follow a lot of the threads
Love to all
I am a Part qualified CIMA (Management accountant) and Business analyst in a private company for 11yrs now.Also started my Final CIMA studies in Feb08 but had to stop when diagnosed this year again.So, currently on time off work until this ordeal.I worked for 10 yrs as Hotel Accountant/Financial Controller.
IM AN AREA MANAGER FOR A CLEANING COMPANY HAVE BEEN FOR 15YEARS,BUT GOING TO START CHILDMINDING COURSE 30 SEPTSO FINGERS CROSSED
I worked as a TA in a school for many years too
I now work in strategic services for the local authority.
I too picked up there were a lot of Educationalists on this thread, perhaps we are just sociable people who like using forums and are over represented on this site.
Just wondering if a link as seem to be lots of teachers in the BC club.
Could it have anything to do with that disgusting floor polish that every school seems to stink of.
Just a silly thought.
Love Andrea xx
You've never been doing that for 24 years Curtainqueen???? You must have started as a child!!!
(I've met her - she looks really young!)
running my own soft-furnishings business, quite badly as it happens at the moment! Just can't be ar**d to talk to people about whether the piping on their cushions should be 3mm or 4mm. can't think why!!!!!
24 years, man and boy, hardest game in the world curtain making!
I think I'm the first museum attendant on this thread. I've just returned to work after 9 months off and I'm loving every minute of it. Gorgeous objects, lovely people, just what I needed after this horrible disease
I'm a timetabling officer at our local university. Not many people's idea of fun but I love it even if it is quite stressful. I even go to conferences and meet other timetablers!! It's like we have our own special group. 🙂
Im a Kitchen Supervisor/Chef at a well known Arts Venue / Cinema in Edinburgh
Its hard graft but easy and we get fed and watered and get to go to the cinema for nothing
Hi sleepyjean. Like you said everybody has aspects of their jobs that are mundane. No two days are the same and we do have a giggle at work. I've been off for the past 7 weeks and i'm itching to get back just for the social side. Funnily enough I too look like Bubbles when in the buff. Just need to get the accent right then i could give Matt Lucas a run for his money. Goodbye Darlings!!!
sunbeam.shame on you we all have aspects of our jobs which are mundane.
The important thing is that people are supporting you through a difficult time, re my appetite when I was small I wanted to work in a cake shop, thank goodness I dont as I would be hiding in the back pigging out and having an even more difficult time clothes shopping I look like bubbles and deseree from little brittain when I am naked and not wearing my wig.
Compared to all you lot my job seems really mundane. I work in a cafe of a very well known supermarket. However throughout my diagnosis and treatment both the customers and staff have been fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more support. The only downside is that you don't get fed up of food. Not good when on some days i feel like i could eat for England!!
Hi everyone I am a ward sister (NHS) it took me a while to get used to not working, I am very lucky in that since my surgery in may and ongoing chemo I have not felt ill, supportive OH who is also a nurse. x
Wife to wonderful, handsome, clever etc Ian
Mother 2 beautiful girls Samantha and Donna-Marie
Ex Landlady many various establishments in Spain, Manchester Ellesmere Port, Stockport.
TV extra soaps and drama
Sales and Marketing
This has been discussed on here before but don't think anyone found any concrete links. I am a teacher too and know 5 other teachers / school staff who have has BC.
Then there is that old chesnut, stress. I had bundles of it as most teachers do, but you will find that will get desputed on here to!
Hey - it does make you wonder - as a supply teacher - I have been in lots of schools for years - think there is a definite link!
I'm the 3rd person in our dept (medical records) to have bc - we've all done the exact same job, enduring endless pressure to meet deadlines for retrieving notes for clinic appts/procedures. Am now beginning to wonder . . . . .
Strange you should put that question. I was the second person in the office to be diagnosed.
Previously, over a period of years I have had friends working in various occupations in schools,
Teachers, office staff, janitorial. The question was once put to me, do you think it is something in the air?
Just makes you wonder!
After having browsed through this thread, I see that so many of us are connected to the soscial / medical or educational system.
Is this a coincidence or are "professional helpers" more likely to have bc than others?
I wonder if there has been conducted a research on this thought?
Supply teacher in primary schools in N/ Cornwall - oh I/ve just remembered - I have retired as from September!!! Was planning on retiring anyway this year and now have to convince everyone it is my choice made before being thrown into the turmoil that is BC.............. and not ill-health - .Still not quite used to the idea of permanent holidays!!! Yippee!!
I used to be an English teacher (primary school). After having completed a few exams, I now work as a counsellour and a systemic therapist.
Today I saw a woman in a bright yellow jacket taking photos of broken paving slab and stone steps needing repair.. I would love that! School career officer never mentioned that one
trained as a hairdresser then had time off for bringing up my 4 kids. got my diploma in aromatherapy in 2001 so never too late to learn something new ,next thing i want to do is reflexology. (course is a bit expensive so saving like mad !)lynn x
I'm a careers adviser in a university and mum to 2 lovely teenagers and wife to a wonderful husband.
On a positive note with my current health is that I am at home more and able to spend more time with them all as well as giving me time to re consider my priorities and values. Am considering some serious life/careers changes when I complete the current treatment plan and as a careers adviser seem surprisingly incapable of helping myself! Would love to know what others have done to change their lives following cancer?
I'm a mum of two boys, 6 and 9.
I'm also a keen photographer and was just about to take that leap of faith into professional photographer having done my first shoot with other people's kids when all this started. I was going to have a stall at our school fete this summer to let people know what I can do, sell some of my cards and photos and book sessions with their kids. I'm not sure I'm going to have the energy to spend the summer doing sessions all over the place though. I'm going to have to pick it up again later. In the meantime I'm continuing to take photos whenever and wherever I am 🙂