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Has anyone worked while on chemo and then found it was too much? I've been trying to work and take care of my 2 year old but it's getting overwhelming- even with help from husband and family.

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I think it is a matter each individual handles differently. No two chemo patients are the same. I have known women who march right through it like nothing is happening and others have a tough, exhausting time. You never know how your body is going to react. These are very potent drugs going through you. Whatever you do, don't beat yourself up if you can't work while going through treatment. It is tough enough to have surgery, chemo, and possibly radiation don't pile guilt on the top. You do the best you can, take care of yourself and your health so you can get back to your normal life as soon as you can. I had a lousy time with chemo, and can't imagine working more than I was able to. Listen to your body, LET your friends and family lend a hand during this time. SO many people would like to do something tangible for you right now. You let them... they love you! Hang in there.... do not let a feeling of guilt creep in, you have enough on your plate. Healing hugs to you, get some rest. Take care, Sharon
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    • nancy  wilcox Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      GREAT comment Sharon!!!!

      over 7 years Flag
  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I didn't work through Chemo! I have been off since I was diagnosed . Chemo can wear you out and having a young child is twice as hard. Take advantage of services they have for us! My Father-In- Law paid for the maid service and he found local delivery service to deliver food twice a week! Best of Luck! Keep a strong support system and just take your time in whatever you won't to do!
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I worked for about a month into chemo but decided to take medical leave until I completed all of my treatment. My job requires me to be on my feet all day & is very physical. I just became too exhausted to continue the way I was. That decision was the right one for me. I'm so glad I did. My treatment lasted longer than what was originally planned. I will return to work on June 4th which is 11 months after I took off work. Everyone is different. You are fighting a major battle right now. Do what is right for YOU! Ask for help. Don't try to do it all. Treatment is exhausting. Listen to your body. Prayers and best wishes to you in your journey. Hugs, Diana
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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My job required me to lift and be on my feet all day! I'm just glad that I wasn't one to take off for any little thing, I'm using my sick leave still and probably won't be able to go back (but I'm okay with that) ! I have been off since July...

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      My job required me to lift and be on my feet all day! I'm just glad that I wasn't one to take off for any little thing, I'm using my sick leave still and probably won't be able to go back (but I'm okay with that) ! I have been off since July 20th. Today is one year since I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer!

      over 7 years Flag
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I worked maybe one week or so out of the month. I work for a physician and he was nice enough to let me do most of my billing from home. I was too sick from the side effects. Everyone reacts different. If your body needs rest, it will let you know. Good luck
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I teach and I had my treatments on Fridays and then took Mondays and sometimes Tuesdays off. This worked for me. Even though I still felt crummy at times I found the distractions at school and the purpose I had in being there incredibly helpful in getting through. In hindsight I don't know how I did it but personally, I would have felt worse wallowing in discomfort at home. Make the choice that's best for you!
    over 7 years Flag
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      This is my story too.

      over 7 years Flag
  • Elaine Mills Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Because you are asking this question, you know the answer already. Take your time to heal. Cut back on work if you can. I've had friends work every day of chemo, and friends that didn't work at all. No one but you can judge what you are capable of. Please take care of YOU...
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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