Although I don't work now i did for the first 5 years after my secondary diagnosis and it really helped me keep some form of normality to my life. I was very lucky to have a great company to work for and flexible hours. However when I had my progression (from bone mets to the liver) and had started a new job it really didn't fit in with my treatment and how I felt about working so unfortunately I had to give up. Since then I haven't worked which, at times is very isolating being at home on my own most of the time, I do make sure I get out on my own to do things as well as meet up with friends as much as possible.
I also work in a school 4 days a week. Diagnosed 3 1/2 yrs ago 6mths before my 40th birthday and mets diagnosed Jan15.
I enjoy my job and they have been very supportive. Had 6mths off initially when undergoing treatment and a further 6 wks off last jan for surgery.
I totally agree that there is no point sitting and dwelling on it, life must go on as normal for me and my family and I don't feel ill and keeping busy is certainly good therapy '
I didn't tell my new work I have cancer (there is no obligation I checked!) I declared at interview that I have a chronic condition that requires ongoing treatment and left them to speculate! I really like having somewhere I go where I know no questions will pop up. It's a school so kids ask about my PICc line and my Lymphodeoma sleeve but I don't go into detail and any adult rude enough to ask gets a similarly vague answer.
My hair is starting to thin a lot now though so I think a few more people may guess uinless I start muttering about alopecia....
I still work part time even though I am on weekly Taxol - my employer is really supportive and I am able to work from home on days that I am too tired to commute.
As I said to my boss - my body may be going wrong but there is nothing wrong with my brain! I find that keeping as much of life as normal keeps me going and means I focus less on cancer.
I did manage 2 years with mets before I had to tell my work that I was unwell - that was pure escapism from cancer!
I was working part time and looking aftwr my little boy when I was DX. I took time off on advice for MX and recovery followed by chemo. Tried to go back on reduced hours and couldn't/wasn't allowed (long story!). Was on a tough chemo at the time though. Now I'm working mornings and have my son in the afternoons apart from treatment days. I find it has been good for me to keep busy. xxx
Glad to see your both working I'm on docetaxcol at the min I think il have to wait until it's finished some days I feel great then it hits me no three weeks are the same lol x x
I also work pretty well full time. When I first had chemo I did have time off work and needed it for the SEs of Tax. Since then I have been on Capecitabine and Epirubicin and worked through those without problem. I have a desk job but have a long commute (4 hours per day).
I am starting to think about retiring as I now receive a pension from a past employer as well as state pension, but I am in no hurry to stop.
Hi how many of you still work ? How many hours are you doing ? I'm hoping to get back after chemo if anything its got to make you feel normal instead of sitting thinking about this 24/7 ❤