• Managing a full time job and a household with kids while on chemo

    Asked by derbygrrl on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Managing a full time job and a household with kids while on chemo

    I lead a very busy life. I am at work 9 hours M-F in addition to 2 hours of driving each day. We have 4 kids living in our home - the youngest is a 19 month old boy. I am worried about being able to keep up with all of this when I start chemo treatments. Does anyone have advice on how to keep up or whether I should ask for a reduced schedule at work, etc.?

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    • glam's Avatar
      glam

      From my pointing of view you are starting one of the most or the most important battle....and being healthy is not only for you but also to be able to keep all of those busy life you have just mentioned.....so I would definitely dedicate all my time, focus and energy in winning this battle and completely banish cancer from your life.....afterwards you can go back to your normal life and step by step introduce all activities again....so reduce the ones you can, delegate the others you can.... and keep as most energy as you can to use in your treatment.....that's seems to be time to ask for help....talk in your job about a flexible or reduced work time....(you could for instance work part time at home, etc).....talk with your neighbors to see how they could help.... take and get children at school, do your shops when they do theirs own, take clothes to the laundry when they take theirs, banks etc....talk with your family to see if they have any day available and how they could help....and also organize your life in a way you allow yourself in the bad days (if you have some) to rest.....so have frozen and pre-prepared food for the whole week, etc....wishing you all the best and a killing cancer treatment.....God bless you, your family and continue blessing all of us

      almost 7 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar
      Carol1286

      Chemo was hard on me. I could only manage half days. I could do some work from home. I wasn't strong enough to go up and down steps, so my husband handled all the laundry and most of the cooking. I found out how much energy cooking really takes. When my energy started coming back I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so I've taken another step back. I'll get back up to par eventually. Just listen to your body. If you get overly fatigued, it's harder to bounce back.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Roses4ever's Avatar
      Roses4ever

      Wow! You have a lot on your plate. I definitely couldn't work. I still can't 4 months after chemo due to severe neuropathy and bone pain. After each chemo treatment I literally slept for 2 days. It would take me about 9 days to recover. Thank God for my husband and family cause I needed a lot of help. I have 3 kids and a puppy. 2 of my kids are grown and out of the house but my 14 yr old has Down syndrome/ Autism and totally relies on me for almost everything. So between her and the puppy it was pretty hard. Luckily my husband was able to take a leave to help me.
      Like everyone has said we are all different. I remember sitting next to ladies in chemo treatment who worked and I was just in awe. Try to get your days off right after your chemo so u can recuperate and rest. Let us all know how everything is going. Much love!!!
      P.S- The 2 hour drive is making me tired just thinking about it. Lol!

      almost 7 years ago

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