I am finally feeling like I need to decide what my next step will be when it comes to my job. I could continue work up until all these tests are done. But as it gets closer I am finding myself feeling emotional and worried about having to share that with co-workers. I dont' want people consoling me or giving me that forced smile where they look like they feel sorry for me. I also want to keep busy. But I do have the option to just slow down and take that extra time off before treatments or a plan is in place.
HELP me…whats going to make me feel better?
I saw your post, and there is much to consider. My situation required leaving work (unknown primary cancer - not breast) and the variables are many. I found the link below on the CCS website. Give it a look and read. It may help with these decisions.
Thanks, I will have a look at this.
My journey began in late Nov 2020 when I found a lump. Mammo, ultrasound, biopsy and MRI in December and treatment began with surgery late January.
I worked through the diagnosis phase, it was a good distraction and I have a few good friends at work who were a source of support. I was at home however, which for me made a difference. Not sure I would have wanted to see everyone at work in person during that very stressful time.
Once I had surgery I went on sick leave and stayed off on short term disability until my treatments were complete. And now I’m back.
Work is a great distraction as I spend a lot of time still thinking about cancer. These days it’s worries about recurrence that occupy my mind sometimes - but when I’m at work - it’s a break. I’m still working from home too so that is definitely easier.
My treatments took place at the peak of both waves and I had my kids at home remote learning and I was really overwhelmed. I didn’t have the mental energy to work at that time.
I think it’s such a personal decision - I wish you all the best.