• Have you gone back to work either after treatments were over or towards the end of treatments?

    Asked by HotRodTodd on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Have you gone back to work either after treatments were over or towards the end of treatments?

    I'm wondering if you ever get back to working, walking, lifting, breathing, or doing anything like you did before cancer?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • downbutnotout's Avatar

      I went back, actually kept working through treatments when I could. After treatments were over I dived back into work. I couldn't do as much, or work as many hours, fatigue was big. But I am still not where I was before. I don't know if there is such a thing as before.

      11 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I worked through all 3 of my diagnoses, but it was a case of working when I could and being off when I was severely ill or recovering from surgery. But for the most part, I worked more than I was off by far.

      11 months ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      Can't comment about going back to work since I was already retired. However, I've pretty much resumed my previous life style in most respects. Do have some fatigue (which I blame on the cancer rather than age as I'm almost 10 years out of treatment). Only other issue is some bowel and bladder frequency and urgency as a result of the radiation, though this is probably compounded by a high fiber, high fluids diet.

      11 months ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I work during all of this, except for those days where I simply can't get up and get going. My employer has been good enough to allow me to come in when I can, which I know not everyone has that benefit. I've gone to work when I didn't feel like it and was nauseated/sick/etc but I still went in even though I wasn't productive to get much done. But I feel guilty when I stay home even though they have said it's alright. I just can't get the thought out of my head that one day I will come into my office and see someone else sitting in my chair.

      11 months ago
    • HotRodTodd's Avatar

      I am working as much as possible. I have a "somewhat" understanding employer. By that I mean that they feel like they have to be lenient with me now, but if this runs long-term I can see them getting impatient if I can't carry the load and I understand that. Not many companies will carry a person on the payroll just because they feel sorry for them. If I can't produce and carry my own weight, I'm pretty sure I will be gone. I just don't have the strength and stamina I used to before all of this.

      11 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Other than treatment days and doctors appointments, I only missed 2 days through chemo -- one because my treatment day got moved, and I had to load up on pain pills on a Friday instead of a Saturday and wasn't safe to drive. The other, I had a taxol leak and ended up w/a big chemical burn. Day after treatment we had a big snowstorm. Between an injured arm and a mini-blizzard, I chose to stay home. Otherwise, I worked. Of course, I sit on my butt at a computer, so no big strenuous job here. Don't think I could have done it otherwise. Coworkers who've gone through treatment haven't been able to work through. And one wasn't able to come back at all, but she was right at retirement age.

      11 months ago

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