• Working while on treatments?

    Asked by GetItOut on Friday, September 7, 2018

    Working while on treatments?

    How much were you/are you able to work during treatments? I am wondering if I['ll be able to keep working through this. I am afraid I'll not be able to keep up the pace and get tossed. Has anyone had this happen?

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    • domhnall's Avatar

      In my observation being able to work — or even just about doing anything IMHO — depends very much on the individual. Retired, I didn’t have to worry about work which for me was a good thing. My treatments (R-CHOP followed by radiation) ended at the end of July and I’ve been told I’m in remission. Of course I am happy and feel better, but I still don’t really have days 100% as I used to pre-diagnosis / treatment. I am still tired and a bit weak (nap and rest during da), balance issues (keep a cane close by), dry mouth, bald spot on back of head from radiation, and chemo brain — my bigggest “complaint”. I haven’ been yet able to walk / hike or significantly exercise (cardio, weights ) as before. There HAS BEEN improvement, but 50% of the time I can only do minimum amounts. It so happens I know two people (younger than I, one a man & the other a woman) who not only returned to work the same days of treatments (!!! ???) but — despite getting sicker than I ever did — were able to pretty much function close to before. They have occasionally had to stay down and rest for a day or two, but generally have been able to carry on as before. I don’t know how they do it, as their treatments were at least as rough as mine. I have never been much of a softy, so accepting my present “reality” has been difficult and discouraging — gratitude does help.

      12 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      GetItOut, I hope everything is working out with your job and treatments. Please give us an update.

      12 months ago
    • Luisa's Avatar

      I have been able to work through treatments. Except for days of treatments. My boss allowed me to leave when I wasn’t feeling well and they gave me a lap top for home. It is getting a little difficult to keep up at times but I am managing. I have gotten through 5 treatments. As hard as it is to go to work I feel better there. Keeping your mind occupied is a big help mentally.

      10 months ago

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