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Topic: MBC and Your Job -- what's your story?

Forum: Stage IV and Metastatic Breast Cancer ONLY —

A place for those managing the ups & downs of a Stage IV/metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Please respect that this forum is for Stage IV members only. There is a separate forum For Family and Caregivers of People with a STAGE IV Diagnosis.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2018 02:55PM

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We're looking for submissions about your experiences with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis and managing your career. Did you find great support in the workplace from your employer and colleagues? Did you feel comfortable disclosing your diagnosis? Were there any unexpected reactions? How did you handle any adverse/complicated experiences? Did you need to shift your job/career goals?

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Jan 4, 2019 12:57PM gonegirl wrote:

Mlc96, does your job offer short and long term disability? You do sound as if you're qualified to take it. Also, Stage IV breast cancer gets fast approval through SSDI. I have gone on and off disability over the 7 years, depending on my situation. There is also a software called Dragon Naturally Speaking that allows voice to text at a computer. It is scary, but you do have options

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone
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Jan 4, 2019 02:54PM Moderators wrote:

Selkie36, it's been a few weeks. Did you get the job offer, and if so, what did you decide. It does sound like you have a lot going on, with the homeschooling and treatments. Let us know how you are!

mlc96, sorry to hear about your situation at work. This is a tough one, indeed. Have you had an heart-to-heart to hear what your employer could provide in terms of short-term disability. Take a look here: Working after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. We're thinking of you!



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Jan 10, 2019 12:37PM mlc96 wrote:

My employer does offer short and long term disability. I used STD in 2017 following my initial Mets diagnosis, and applied for LTD but was denied as the LTD company determined I was "stable" after 4 months of chemo, because the bone mets were reduced. I barely recovered from that chemo and had to go back on it again in 2018. I think my employer is concerned about me being in and out of work, like I don't have a regular schedule. I'm sorry if my cancer is inconvenient for them! It's certainly not convenient for me or my family. Sorry to vent! I am just concerned that if I'm out again they will determine they can do without me.

Dx 4/26/2012, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/10/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 1/27/2013 Whole-breast: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Dx 12/22/2016, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 1/5/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/6/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 11/20/2018 Navelbine (vinorelbine)
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Jan 11, 2019 08:53AM gonegirl wrote:

mlc

I called the folks at https://www.cancerandcareers.org/ and they gave me incredibility helpful advice on job protections, etc. You might want to give them a call. If you're company is a certain size, you'd certainly be able to use FMLA to protect your job.

Susan

uppitycancerpatient.blogspot.com Dx 1/3/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 2/9/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/9/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 11/5/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Targeted Therapy 12/7/2013 Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2015 External: Bone

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