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    Asked by whatnext54 on Tuesday, November 13, 2018


    Thinking about working retail over holiday season. Has anyone continued working in large retail stores while receiving chemo? Any cons in doing so?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @whatnext54, it could expose you to a lot of germs. If your blood counts and immune system are down, it could be dangerous.

      I worked through regular chemo. Lots of people chose to come to work as sick as could be and I lucked out and stayed healthy. But, it was scary.

      8 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Since you will undoubtedly be immune compromised, ask the store if you can wear a mask and/or gloves. Or be reassigned to a stocking or clerical job temporarily. We are getting into the thick of the cold and flu season and that is something you do not need.

      I avoided infection the first two months of treatment - I have no idea how, but I would not recommend it to others.

      8 months ago
    • CancerChicky's Avatar

      I am still working without any problems so far. I am careful to watch for people that "look" sick, no hand shaking, anyone who is sneezing, cold, or flu are "no go". I stay away. If my blood counts drop, I will stay out of the public side.

      8 months ago
    • Bankerpat52's Avatar

      I worked in a bank, my cancer doctor said no way. He said the people are bad enough but the germs on the money would be dangerous. My blood count was really bad so I'm glad I didn't.

      8 months ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Personally, I would recommend you not work retail during the season because not only could you be putting your health at risk by exposing yourself to people with germs, it's added stress you don't need right now. Cancer and its attendant treatment are stressful enough, and you don't want a hustle bustle holiday retail adding to it. Remember, the holidays from Thanksgiving right through New Year's is a very stressful time, even if the stress is a happy form. I would advise taking it easy this year and just enjoy the festivities and take care of yourself so you don't have to spend the holidays in bed feeling icky. HUGS and God bless.

      8 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      That would scare me. I did work through chemo, but I sit on my rear at a desk. And I had a sign at my desk to stay away if you're sick 'cause I'm immunosuppressed. I got sick 3 weeks AFTER chemo ended. Didn't get sick at all through treatment. But I was able to keep people at a distance. Not as easy with retail.

      8 months ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Retail's out babe.

      Germies. Noisies.

      Besides, there's the energy level to consider. I worked part-time during chemo; in an office where I sat all day and said, "Um hum. Anything else? See you next week." (I shrink people.) Clients were asked to not come if they were sick.

      I timed the infusions for every other Friday. Saturday I felt fine, Sunday I started downhill, Monday in bed all day, Tues thru Thurs I worked. Okay for me, but I can't speak for you. The environment was very chill - no over stimulation with voices, music, pinging, clanging, banging, and so on.

      Your choice, but you asked, so - NO!

      8 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I would say No! Too many germs. People shop at this time of year no matter how sick they are.
      I wasn't allowed during chemo to be in crowds at all. No shopping, church or other places. I could only go to chemo place and the hospital when needed.
      For a part time minimum wage job, it's not worth the risk.

      8 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I'm another "no".

      I did work during treatment, as full time as I could. But I work in an office, and my bosses talked to my co-workers about not coming in with any symptoms on days I would be in the office, and they mostly followed that. We all can telecommute which made it easier, and there were days where I would be so tired I could look at my computer screen but not do much more. I was SO blessed to have the job I did (and still do) and a lot of leeway and flexibility.

      Which you won't in a retail, holiday job.

      8 months ago

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