• Have you faced the "cancer stigma"? You know, when you tell someone that you have cancer then they ask how long you smoked.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    Have you faced the "cancer stigma"? You know, when you tell someone that you have cancer then they ask how long you smoked.

    Or something else like, "what did you do to get cancer"? Lung cancer patients get the worst of these comments. There is a study that shows Lung cancer survivors who don't smoke say the stigma is hindering funding for research. This article talks about one patient who never smoked was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In June 2017, Cassandra Morris was a healthy 43-year-old mother of three girls. Exactly a year later, she was dead. Read the article here>> https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-04/non-smoking-lung-cancer-survivors-say-stigma-hindering-research/11138910

    30 Answers from the Community

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    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Hey, Carool,
      Have you applied to the State of New York Unemployment Office? That's where they get their statistics the Feds announce, plus unemployment checks since you were laid off.

      Older people do have a problem traditionally because of their age. I think employers think we're either unhealthy or have dementia. It's pretty true of me, but I was thinking today I wish I worked part-time, or even volunteered. That's probably how to get your foot in the door of a job----establish a volunteer or Temporary attendance record and then apply to permanent openings. Have you thought about that?
      Otherwise, do you qualify for any free money like food stamps?

      Best wishes. It's hot as Hades here today. I went to the store about 11 a.m. & didn't run any other errands. Luckily my condo has great AC. I never noticed the heat when I worked inside. I was a Medical Secretary at the VA Hospital. Stay cool!

      4 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Barbara, thank you. Yes, I had to go to NYS Unemployment to register for my benefits. I’ll go to the NYS Dept. of Aging for more help. My boyfriend/partner helps out with money, so no worries yet.

      Stay cool, too! I hate heat. NYC summers are not my thing, but I’ve managed here for my entire life, so I’m geared up for whatever the weather throws at us.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I think working part-time would be nice. Maybe working retail part-time would get you out at least talking to people. I've always thought part-time jobs were nice. At one time, I worked as a Temp Secretary for the local university/med school, and that was my favorite. They kept me busy working and it wasn't stressful because I was the "temp." Have you thought about advertising that you type for students needing term papers or theses typed?

      Hopefully you'll find something soon. My cousin knew somebody at our local Honda dealership, and he hired her after she retired to sit in their showroom and answer the phone and page whoever the call was for----no typing when the phone was quiet, nothing but smile!!! Good Luck!

      4 months ago

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