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Topic: when to tell work or apply for FMLA?

Forum: Waiting for Test Results —

For members not diagnosed with breast cancer, but waiting for test results:  Biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound, or other screening tests. Waiting is VERY difficult but remember...

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Posted on: Dec 2, 2019 01:30PM

dysonsphere wrote:

I have had missed work already due to my possible BC. I had the screening mammogram, then today I had Ultrasound. It seems like Dr. is pretty certain that the mass in my right breast is cancer. I will go in tomorrow for a biopsy on my breast mass and an enlarged node. I was told it would be a 3 to 5 day wait for results and then possible MRI depending on results. I'm not sure what to do about work. I am the only provider for myself and child so I don't want to rock the boat just yet. Obviously, I don't have any experience in having this type of illness. Will I even be able to work? Any advice would be appreciated!

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/6/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 2, 2019 02:24PM Ingerp wrote:

Many of us went through treatment without much interruption to work. I took 2-3 days off for surgery. I took a half day off for each chemo treatment. I scheduled my rads appts for lunchtime so didn’t take any time off for them at all.

You should wait until you have a diagnosis and if it turns out you need treatment, wait and see how you feel. It’s often not as bad as people expect.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/23/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 2, 2019 02:44PM edj3 wrote:

I think you'll also find that your care team will work with you to make any appointments you need as easy as possible on you and your family in terms of you being the sole support.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/5/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy 6/2/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 2, 2019 02:51PM - edited Dec 2, 2019 02:53PM by AnnC2019

I filed for FMLA once I got my surgery date. I went back after the 2nd drain was removed. I was fortunate to get afternoon appointments for radiation, so I haven't missed any work for this part of treatment but I also can’t stay late each day. I am a single mom of a now adult child so I understand your concern. It is not easy when you are the sole provider.I think a lot has to do with your benefits and work situation. Working for a large corporation is a lot different than working for a small business.

Dx 6/19/2019, ILC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 8/15/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 11/4/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Dec 2, 2019 03:09PM dysonsphere wrote:

Being able to work while I go through treatment would be great. It's so very expensive! Just got the call that my coinsurance will be $1600 just for the biopsies tomorrow. I have insurance and have already met my deductible and it is still way more than I ever imagined!

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/6/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 2, 2019 03:26PM edj3 wrote:

I think I'll hit $250k in claims this year and I didn't need chemo. It's insane how much everything costs.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/5/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy 6/2/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Dec 2, 2019 05:50PM ElaineTherese wrote:

I told my boss about my situation after I knew I'd need chemo. He allowed me to reduce some of my work responsibilities and to work at home. I was at the office two days a week, and kept up my usual teaching load (two classes). I got my surgery (lumpectomy, no reconstruction) done during Christmas break and did radiation during spring semester after I'd finished my teaching for the day. So, it's possible to work through treatment. I should add that I was 47 during treatment and had no other major health problems (except high blood pressure, controlled by meds). Not everyone can work through treatment, though. I'd wait until you had a treatment plan in place, and you have an idea of what you'll need to get done.

DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/22/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/16/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/16/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/24/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/8/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 3, 2019 06:49AM San1975 wrote:

Dysonsphere

I didn't file for FMLA till after I received my diagnosis and treatment plan with the BS. Once you have a plan in place its easier to give dates etc to the FMLA company because they will ask those questions. Best of luck to you!

Dx 10/16/2019, LCIS/ILC, Right, 5cm, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/31/2019 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Dec 9, 2019 12:44PM Oceanbum wrote:

I filed for FMLA once my diagnosis was confirmed. I worked thru my chemo for the most part. I had chemo on Fridays and took that day and the following Monday off for a rest day. Those were considered FMLA days - unpaid day off. Once I had my surgery I went on short term disability. I was off for 4 months and received 60% of my salary during that time. I could have come back somewhere in the middle, after my mastectomies but before my exchange surgery. And then went off again after I had my exchange surgery. But my employer told me to just stay off. They said they wanted me to come back, but not until I was healthy enough to do so. My employer has been SO good to me and has worked amazingly well with me during my treatments and surgeries.

Becky ~ "Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths." Surgery 11/2/2000 Dx 3/6/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 10/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/15/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 12/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/7/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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