Posted by Brighty on Aug 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Aug 28, 2018 11:18 am
Heavy sigh on your behalf!
Perhaps this thought will help: Now you are in a position of great power.
Human Resources hoops just got too high to jump through? I can tell ‘em to stuff it.
Commuting gotcha down? I can pack it in.
My old supervisor having more fun in retirement that I am? Let’s go for a drink and a long chat! At 10 a.m.!
Back loving my old job? I can stay as long as I want.
Posted by Dielle on Aug 28, 2018 12:08 pm
Posted by scaredysquirrel on Aug 28, 2018 2:09 pm
Cynthia Mac you seem to be able to really put my thoughts in a "nut shell" no pun intended. I like your suggestions. I haven't been able to speak with my Union Rep yet, she just got back from vacation so is likely busy. I'm hoping to have a discussion with her soon. Will keep you posted. Love your comments. Cheers
Posted by scaredysquirrel on Jan 13, 2019 11:41 pm
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Posted by Essjay on Apr 12, 2019 9:08 pm
im going to try 3-4 hours 3 days a week, it’s a trial, it doesn’t affect my sick status, and if I can’t maintain working through radiation that’s ok...
Posted by Raven on Apr 13, 2019 8:28 am
I was diagnosed with early uterine cancer in July 2018, had a total hysterectomy in October. I had accumulated a lot of sick days and was able to take 3 months off. This was great. It gave me time to reflect, absorb, think about my future, slow down my life...I went back mid January 2019 but only for 3 days a week. That was also perfect. A little good stress and a lot of relaxation, a perfect balance. Next week I have my first recheck, then, if everything is good, I intend to work 3 days at the office, one day at home, per week until March 2021, at which time I will retire completely. This way I have plenty of time to get used to the idea, pass on my knowledge to the people who will replace me, and be psychologically ready...
Posted by Minus2 on Apr 13, 2019 9:02 am
Posted by irishchick on Apr 13, 2019 2:34 pm
Fabulous! You are rocking the look! I haven't lost my eyebrows or eyelashes yet, so far have done 1/4 of my radiation this week. Next week while up to the city for another week of rads, I am taking in the Look good feel better session, so looking forward to that. I'm not a makeup person anyways so it'll be interesting to see what I learn!
i never went looking for another job when my last one ended at the time I was having completed hysterectomy due to soccer ball size fibroids. My husband is waiting for me to be done my treatments and he's aiming to retire Aug/Sept.
Enjoy your time back to work on a plan that works for you.
Posted by ashcon on Apr 14, 2019 8:28 am
No one wants cancer as the motivator to reflect, slow down, and think about one's life, but it sounds like you were fortunate enough to get that benefit out of this experience and then map that into your retirement plan!
I am quite convinced that if cancer had not forced me to slow down and re-evaluate my life's priorities, I'd still be clocking 12hr workdays.
What retirement plans do you have? Travel? Hobbies?
Posted by ACH2015 on Apr 14, 2019 9:06 am
Minus2 its good to hear your 2nd return to work has worked out well.
I will be officially retired this Wednesday April 17th. I have been dealing with cancer since June 2016, so just shy of 3 years.
I wanted to return to work in September of 2017. Then, in October of 2017 I suffered a recurrence. So after going through that and many more interventions and continued side effects, this past December I put in my retirement papers.
The way I dealt with it and still am is that this is my "best case scenario". I weighed all the pros and cons and here I am.
So good on all of you for choosing to return to work. I congratulate you for your fortitude, determination, desire and ability to do so. And again, I wish you all success and continued health.
Like ashcon said so well " I am quite convinced that if cancer had not forced me to slow down and re-evaluate my life's priorities, I'd still be clocking 12hr workdays"..
For those of you on the fence, unsure and deciding what to do: Weigh the pros and cons, and most importantly look at your abilities and be honest with yourself and the employer with what those are.
We have all been through treatments that can and have changed our lives forever. Many of us feel a responsibility to return to work, and that's fine (I was one of them) but please consider your health and abilities in these decisions. Like you have all described, gradual and modified duties is the best way to go with an employer willing to accept those needs, and your advocating for yourself at the same time.
Good luck, good health and glad to hear of your success!
ACH2015 - Andy.
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Apr 14, 2019 9:38 am
Essjay - I’m glad you’re able to go back on part days.
ashcon , I, too liked your comment about if it hadn’t been for your cancer diagnosis and treatment you might still be working 12 hour days. I’m glad you’ve found your balance in that regard. It reminds me of that old saying, “Nobody lying on their deathbed has ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’”
And, Andy, ACH2015 , welcome to the club!
There are so many factors in returning to work after an illness, whether it’s due to cancer or another condition. It isn’t always just about how the individual feels and what their capabilities are, there are variables on the employer’s side, as well - insurance companies, differences in sick benefits, the physical demands of the job, and even the political and stress-related demands. It’s so great when all the factors come together. It’s also great when both sides can be understanding and flexible to change when all the factors don’t come together.
Posted by Joanniem on Apr 14, 2019 4:57 pm
I am looking forward to going back to work. I only really have to work 2 days per week. It really supplements my income and it gives me some pride and satisfaction that I have done something. My oncologist said the other day when I mentioned it that I wasn't going back to work. I think he meant very soon, but I am a little disappointed with the tone. I meant when my treatment was over, and not immediately . Anyway he was in a hurry and I will discuss it with him at a later date. I feel though, that if people want to work, they should , and if they want to retire, then they should do that. Having cancer has made me more aware of what I actually want and dont want. I dont feel that anyone should have the power to take it away. I doubt that anyone who has been through this kind of thing would do anything to seriously impede their well being, so others should give them credit for thinking it through. I am now aware of how precious life really is and I still want to work a couple of days per week.
Posted by Kims1961 on Apr 14, 2019 10:18 pm
When first diagnosed with cancer - my drive was to return to work asap. Now, I realize it was because I wanted everything to be back to "normal". Like - working meant I didn't have cancer anymore. Treatment changed my viewpoint and then with the side effects, I'm in no hurry to return until I feel well enough.
I'm in a tricky spot - I'm 57 - so only have 3 yrs until I was aiming to retire. I've been off on LTD - 2 years will be this Sept. and am starting to get the "calls" from Desjardins, about what a back to work plan would look like. I know from a LTD point of view - they want me back by at least the 2 yr mark. So - I'm thinking I will try a slow return to work - or may even look at working reduced days until I retire. Essjay - thank you for your post - it has me thinking I should discuss what options there are for me to return without jeopardizing my leave - just in case I have trouble with returning to work....so much to consider!!
Great thread - thanks all. Kim
Posted by Minus2 on Apr 15, 2019 6:41 am
Posted by WesT on Apr 15, 2019 9:46 am
Similar to Kims1961 my focus was get back to work as quickly as possible. I returned on a limited schedule a week before the doctor recommended. I regretted that! My time off made me reflect on a number of things and I quickly realized I no longer had the passion for my job I once had. Everyone said you must have been bored stiff when you were off. The exact opposite was the case.
Of course I work in a government funded institution and shortly after returning to work a new government was elected and that government is NOT friendly towards the industry I am in, making me really wish I was eligible for full retirement. I would have taken it if I was.....
Cancer makes you reevaluate the things that are important and a job is important but it is not your entire life (or shouldn't be....).
Posted by Lacey_adminCCS on Apr 15, 2019 10:55 am
Just wanted to say there are some great resources on the cancerandwork.ca website to check out including:
Returning to Work/Staying at Work
Return to work steps:
- Understand your current abilities about your work
- Understand your challenges in returning to work
- Communicate with your healthcare team
- Consider strategies to improve your abilities, enhance your wellbeing, and meet workplace challenges
- Identify supports that will enable you to work
- Develop a formal return to work plan
- Prepare for the first days, weeks, months back at work
- Monitor your progress
- Manage expectations at your workplace
Let me know what you think!