• I am finding that going back to work full time is HARD! I just want to start feeling better NOW! Anyone else having a hard time working?

    Asked by kerz2013 on Sunday, March 3, 2013

    I am finding that going back to work full time is HARD! I just want to start feeling better NOW! Anyone else having a hard time working?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I found that when I wanted to do some of the things that I wanted to, on the physical side of my job, I couldn't do them. Or I could for a little while then just ran out of gas. My mind said sure you can, but my body said, No Way Jack!. That was probably the most frustrating part for me. I learned I had to get some patience, and I still have problem with that, I don't have enough.

      Hopefully it will get better for you as time passes. Like my Dr. keeps telling me each time I complain that I can't do something I used to be able to, "you've been through a lot".

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Your body is still healing, and you need to take it slow. I was very fortunate that when I had my Nepherctomy in 1995 i was able to ease my way back into work, working 1/2 a day for about a month and working up to full time. Right now I am on disability and in active treatment, but I know how hard it is for me to get stuff done some days. I am an IT project manager and was writing articles and doing phone consult work for over a year unitl I realized that it was just too much.

      almost 4 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar
      derbygirl

      I went back to work but it became difficult for me to do my job after 2 surgeries for ovarian cancer and 2 heart surgeries and a heart cath. I tried to do my job the best I could but found myself getting tired all the time. Since I worked in the health care field as a clinical assistant, I felt this wasn't fair to the doctor I was assisting or the patients who were there for treatment. I cut my 60 work week down to 20 hours but I still was finding myself so exhausted, A 4 hour day for me seemed like 16 hours. I had to make the tough decision and I'm finding myself feeling a lot better for taking things easy. The problem is, even though the doctors filed disability papers for me, the people at social security seem to have feelings to the contrary. I was told during my interview that I don't look sick, am under 50 years old, have a college degree, and management experience so it was unlikely that I would be approved for disability. My lawyer has been fighting this for 2 years and in the meantime I rely on medical assistance to pay my medical bills and my family to pay my rent and buy groceries. I even had to sell my car to make money to pay my electric bill before they turned that off. Now I have to use my brother's car to get to my appointments or rely on friends for rides. People who are healthy, have no clue what those of us with serious medical issues go through and how stressful our lives can be. But I refuse to cave in. I am staying as strong as I possibly can and remaining optimistic that everything will work out for me. I loved my job and miss working but I have to put my health first. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I have a fairly physical job, so I had to make some adjustments. Some of the heavy lifting I still need help with. I also have some balance issues associated with my CIPN, so I don't do as much ladder climbing as I use to. My job was hard before cancer and it hasn't hasn't gotten any easier, but other than the limitations I mentioned on lifting and climbing I'm not find it any harder. Of course, I'm sure it helps that I love my job.

      almost 4 years ago
    • janetamy's Avatar
      janetamy

      Try to focus on little daily accomplishments on a day to day basis, each day be proud of yourself & the progress you've made & will be making in your recovery. You've come through alot, visualize success, be thankful for all you can do! There will be light at the end of the tunnel!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar
      SMT4

      Today was my first day back on a 12 hr night shift and I was just thinking the same exact thing when I logged on in between rounds. I was going to ask if it was just me. Seeing your post made me feel better, I know that probably sounds weird. I was off for treatement radiation and injections and I feel as you do waiting for the "feeling better" part to start. My dr told me give it time your body has been through so much and really only you know your pace. So I would pass those words on to you know your pace and be gentle on yourself as you find what that new normal is going to be. I have found the new normal is not just in trying to find how are life works now, the darn thing also affects our jobs.

      almost 4 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar
      kelley_gleason

      Working full-time is definitely hard. You have to listen to your body and do what your body is telling it. I finally just had to go down to 3 days a week as I just didn't have the energy to work full-time. I was spending every weekend resting so I could work some more. My company just asked me to fill out disability paperwork. That was a big slap in the face. Once i got over the emotional part of that I do think it's the right idea. Bottom line listen to your body!

      almost 4 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar
      kelley_gleason

      Working full-time is definitely hard. You have to listen to your body and do what your body is telling it. I finally just had to go down to 3 days a week as I just didn't have the energy to work full-time. I was spending every weekend resting so I could work some more. My company just asked me to fill out disability paperwork. That was a big slap in the face. Once i got over the emotional part of that I do think it's the right idea. Bottom line listen to your body!

      almost 4 years ago
    • alliek78's Avatar
      alliek78

      I had stage 3 BC and I drive a forklift in a warehouse on the night shift. When I fought I made sure to drink LOTS of water and I had an Ensure Plus a day. I worked thru my WHOLE 6 months of treatment standing in one spot. HOW?? I have no idea but I did it! The fatigue was awful, but I just kept telling myself "tomorrow is another day".

      almost 4 years ago
    • alliek78's Avatar
      alliek78

      I had stage 3 BC and I drive a forklift in a warehouse on the night shift. When I fought I made sure to drink LOTS of water and I had an Ensure Plus a day. I worked thru my WHOLE 6 months of treatment standing in one spot. HOW?? I have no idea but I did it! The fatigue was awful, but I just kept telling myself "tomorrow is another day".

      almost 4 years ago

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