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how many of you still work ?

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julzd
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Re: how many of you still work ?

Glad to see you all still working I feel I need to get back I also feel isolated being off. X x

nicky08
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Re: how many of you still work ?

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.

Nicky x

Tessa
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Re: how many of you still work ?

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 Heart'

EJ81
Member

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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....

xxx

Stephanie
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Re: how many of you still work ?

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! 

 

Xx

 

EJ81
Member

Re: how many of you still work ?

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

julzd
Member

Re: how many of you still work ?

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

Elily
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Re: how many of you still work ?

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.

Waffles
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Re: how many of you still work ?

Hi Julzd,
I work full time at the moment but I am on oral chemotherapy (xeloda) After my primary diagnosis 9 years ago I was able to work all the way through my Epirubicin and Taxol chemos with only a day or two off each cycle. Work helps me hugely it gets me out of the house and keeps me engaged with the world. However, it is important not to try to push yourself too hard. When I start IV chemo again this time I reckon I will go part time as I am frailer than I was 9 years ago as I now have mets all over my spine and pelvis. Best wishes xxx
julzd
Member

how many of you still work ?

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 ❤