• Any survivors who ran a small business before diagnosis and had difficulty returning to work?

    Asked by jmcgahan on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Any survivors who ran a small business before diagnosis and had difficulty returning to work?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I run a Landscape Design/build company, lot's of hard, physical work. After diagnoses, the surgeries started, I couldn't do hardly anything. When I recovered from the surgery I started trying to do some things with my crews, but couldn't last long. The mind said do it, the body said "NO WAY". Then after I started radiation I found I was real droopy around 2 each day, so I started taking off early and going home for a nap. As soon as treatment was over I slowly started to come back to normal. As normal as it can be anyway.

      over 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      On our trip to Maine, we visited a Catholic Shop. The owner was a very nice lady who was a breast cancer survivor. We shared stories and some tears. She said that she continued to run her shop throughout treatment. Some days were hard but she just went with the flow. I also know a gal from our community who works in the Court System who went to work every day. I babysit my great grandchildren one day a week and I never missed a day -- but I had my husband with me and he was a great help on those harder days. However, I believe that it depends on the individual person -- the mind may want to do it but your body may not let you. It may be difficult to return to work even when you are feeling better. I felt like I was in a "twilight zone" -- then, when treatment ended and I entered my former life, the reality set in again. I was not sure if I fit in -- I sure do look at things differently. I feel that Cancer makes you a different person and you will never be that other person again. I have found that the "positive" attitude is the best tool.

      over 8 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear jmcgahan:
      I have been in business for myself for thirty years. During my active treatment which took a year and ended last month, I did reduce my working hours and took things easy when I needed to. Fortunately, my business is such that I could do that by simply not taking on as many cases as I normally would. Unfortunately, being in business for myself, I had no vacation time, disability benefits, etc. so I had to continue to work. Somehow the expenses had to get paid! Now that I am pretty well recovered and over most side effects, I find it hard to get back into the full-time routine. Some of my priorities have shifted - and that's a good thing. I still take time for myself - to rest, to exercise, and simply to smell the roses, as they say. I have learned that life is not all about work and it's okay to work less and enjoy more. A little less money just means I don't have to buy all the stuff that I don't need anyway. I have learned that lesson, too - I'd rather outlive my stuff than accumulate more things that will outlast me!
      Fight On,

      over 8 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi jmcgahan - I am/was a massage therapist working from home when I was diagnosed 8 yrs ago. My income took a big hit while I took time off to heal myself from the surgery but I was able to work through all of the other treatment, I just scaled it back a bit. I would suggest that if you are having difficulty returning to work, perhaps you are ready for a change. I know that for myself, I felt like - WELL I GOT THROUGH THAT, NOW WHAT DO I DO? I felt like I'd reached a crossroads where I could do absolutely anything I wanted to do and I wanted it to be amazing. So I've been working on creating that - and it's been wonderful.

      over 8 years ago

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