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Working with bone mets .

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belinda
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Re: Working with bone mets .

Hi, as Val has already mentioned you're able to receive DLA even working full time. If you are happy and want to work I'd say keep working. Smiley Happy I went back to work for a while but my job could be stressful as part of my job was dealing with student's problems.  (I worked at a further education college) I applied for early retirement. Glad to read you are feeling so well. Smiley Happy x

Tournesol
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Re: Working with bone mets .

Good luck with your decision making. I know what you mean about the difficulty of planning. I am the same age as you and also had my primary and secondary diagnoses in the same years. I do an office job too but find parts of mine quite stressful, although I do have fun at work from time to time. I don't feel that I have the choice to cut down or stop work because of finances and my employer won't give me ill health retirement yet, but if I could I think I would go part time.

 

Best wishes,

 

Tournesol

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Re: Working with bone mets .

Thank you for your replies. . I am 48 and my work is office based . My family are all grown up now and out at work.
I think I suddenly had a panic that I had got my priorities completely wrong re wanting to work full time . I think I will look into part time hours. I have been putting it off as I wanted life to stay as normal as possible for as long as possible. Maybe I need a new "normal". I wish you all well and thank you. Xx
Ps I hope I am using this forum properly and this gets posted . Lots of love xxxx
scottishlass
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Re: Working with bone mets .

Hello, You can be in receipt of DLA while you are working. There is an upper age limit but not certain what it is.I think you should contact a Mcmillan Nurse or a BC nurse to see if you are eligible to apply for the benefit. 

 

 Your work....It depends on what kind of work you do and I suppose age enters into the equation too. Sorry do not feel able to give any advice here. I was diagnosed with extensive bone mets in 1999 and was in extreme pain at the time but thankfully it is under control now.

Retiring early was the best thing I ever did (for me) as it has allowed me to spend time with my family and do things that I may not be able to do in the future as the disease progresses.

Wishing you all the best and good luck with your decision making. Sorry I cannot be of any more help. Val

powerjen
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Re: Working with bone mets .

I am sorry I cannot advise on financial situation, if you enjoy work could you go part time? And see more of your family x

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Working with bone mets .

Hi Everyone,
I haven't been on here for ages. . I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and bone mets on my spine in 2009 which are now extensive. I had a six month course of capcetabine which ended in this May. This successfully stopped everything again and last scan also showed no further progression. I am on 3 weekly herceptin and zometa. long term.

I feel really well no pain at all now. I have now returned to full time work as I love my job.

I would really appreciate any advice or experiences about when to stop work.
I don't want to stop yet but on the other hand I don't want to leave it too late to enjoy my time with my family while I am well. The cancer is only in my bones and hasn't spread anywhere else as yet.
I know how difficult prognosis are but it's so hard to plan.
Also can anyone please advise me about disability living allowance etc if I stop work. Although I will get a lump pension sum if I stop work through ill health money will be very tight.

Thank you so much to everyone. Lots of love xxx