Im interested in this thread - bilateral mx/chemo in middle of - due for last on jlu and planning return to work start August on phased return. Im going to ask for 3 mornings a week to start with as have been hit by tonne of bricks with chemo but have to get back for financial reason (am single parent) - job long hours and stressful. Im concerned that I wont be able to cope and wondered how you were finding your phased return - is it realistic to suggest 3 half mornings for a couple of weeks - then 4/5 mornings leading to some full days or have you found it better to do full days with days off? Just wondered peoples different experiences.
Devils advocate here.
It is possible that you may have a swift recovery, and you may be back at the helm with minimal disruption.
One thing i have learnt is to listen to my body and my needs. The breast care nurse seemed.really disappointed that I was still so fatigued and this resulted in my feeling a double failure for not re-engaging with.my former life more rapidly & being fatigued.
Be kind to yourself, especially if your decisions affect others lives.
as you say your return will depend on Oncotype results. 3/4 months probably isn't long enough. I found the psychological impact massive. I work in Community Mental Health Services with Enduring mental illness, forensics and subsance misuse. Big responsilbilty and need to think clearly, make rapid accurate decision.
I had 6 x FecT100 during which i worked (i was not client facing) then wle x 2 followed by m/x then rads. I took 8 months off work and returned on phased
Very slowly increasing to 4 days over a two month period. I have since had some further reconstruction surgery and took 3 months off.
It is two years since i finished Chemo and continue to suffer fatigue, have had every alternative therapy known to man, counselling, mindfulness etc.....
I have very much had to be kind to myself and take cues from my body.
Hope this is helpful. Take Care Gilly x