Topic: Back to full-time work and feeling lousy

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Posted on: Jul 15, 2016 07:48PM

Posted on: Jul 15, 2016 07:48PM

AmyA wrote:

Hi there. I was off work for a good two years dealing with my recovery. I had a lot of complications, many surgeries and procedures, and was left feeling very run down with little strength and energy.

I just started a new, full-time job 6 weeks ago. It's a great opportunity but very go go go. Very! All I know is I feel like garbage most nights.

Did any of you feel this way? Did it get easier?

Thank you. Big virtual hugs to you all.

-Amy
Dx 4/28/2014, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/8/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 6/10/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/17/2014 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/30/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jul 16, 2016 01:00PM edwards750 wrote:

I didn't Amy because I retired from my job after I was DX and not just because of BC and the treatments - I had 33 Rads. My job was very stressful and I had to drive a long wayto work at night and not in the safest part of town. I really liked my job at FedEx Freight so I do miss that.

I have friends who went back to work FT and struggled early on too. You have been through a lot emotionally and physically so give yourself permission to be tired and drained. It will get better in time. BC like other diseases takes its toll on us.

Good luck. Sounds like a great new job!

Diane

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Jul 16, 2016 06:13PM Kiks1 wrote:

Amy, I started work 6 weeks ago too. I found it a good respite and a form of 'normalcy' for me. I joined a firm that had me commuting 1.5 hours each way for the first month. We have finally moved to new quarters and it is about a 30/40 minute drive each way now, so not that bad. I do have a desk job though so it has not been terribly tiring. Honestly, I am just grateful to have this opportunity to live again.

I think you will adjust over time. It sounds like you have had a long journey. Can you get better flex hours? I managed to negotiate good flexibility and have the ability to remote as well. It helps during weeks when I have a lot on my plate and for fitting in the numerous drs appointments.

Wishing you the best of luck moving on.

Dx 11/30/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 2/5/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/5/2016 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jul 24, 2016 04:24PM SusanRachel wrote:

I worked through treatment other than a week off after each surgery. I was/am really blessed - my job allowed a lot of flexibility, so the day after each AC treatment, I stayed home. I worked through the taxane treatments and scheduled my rads at 0700 so I could be at work on time. For me, working helped to keep me physically and mentally active. I was definitely a little more tired than usual throughout the process. The biggest thing I did to combat that was went to bed super early. The extra sleep did a world of good.

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