CSN Login
Members Online: 12

When did you return to work?

nonichol's picture
nonichol
Posts: 114
Joined: Jul 2010

I am just wondering when everyone returned to work after treatment. This Friday I will be three weeks post treatment. I need money, so I was thinking about trying to go back next week. My fatigue is better this week, although certainly not gone.
Norma

z's picture
z
Posts: 1250
Joined: May 2009

Hi Norma,

I went back to work 1 1/2 months later. I probably could have gone back sooner, but I was fortunate to have a lot of sick leave saved up. I was really tired for quite some time. Everybody is different, so if you think you can do it, then you probably can. Lori

lizdeli's picture
lizdeli
Posts: 520
Joined: Jul 2009

I went back about 3 1/2 weeks after I finished treatment. I was still very tired though and it took me awhile to get my stamina back.
Liz

sissy310
Posts: 300
Joined: May 2010

Hi Norma - I'm almost a month out of treatment and to be honest today I have had the most energy so far...not close to my usual chicken without a head running around, not by a long shot but much better than last week. I think each week gets a bit better than the week before but since I only have one month to gauge all that, probably am not as good an advisor as someone who has more months behind them. Can you go back to work half days to start? We used to be able to do that. It would give you some money coming in but not tax your body full time right away.

mp327's picture
mp327
Posts: 2820
Joined: Jan 2010

Just had to say I'm glad to hear that your energy level is improving! I hope that continues!

Martha

lizdeli's picture
lizdeli
Posts: 520
Joined: Jul 2009

I also need to add that I was blessed because my company was wonderful and so supportive. I was able to ease back in so when there were days that I didn't have too much strength I could work from home. Although I officially went back 3 1/2 weeks later, I didn't feel strong until maybe 5 - 6 months later. Then the weird aches and pains set in, then went away. Now one year later, no major radiation issues and stamina pretty good. Stressful job and I'm working on balancing things so there isn't too much stress in my life.

Liz

nonichol's picture
nonichol
Posts: 114
Joined: Jul 2010

Thanks for all the comments. My job is full throttle and they only have light duty for work comp people. Saw med oncologist yesterday he wants me to wait til ct and ultrasound, so I have a couple more weeks. I'll just try not to worry that I have no money. Just hope tumor is gone.
Norma

duckyann
Posts: 162
Joined: Jun 2009

Hi Norma

I returned to work 5 days after my treatment ended but only part time. I worked part time for about 5 weeks and then I went back to full time. My energy was pretty low so I tired out pretty fast.

Nancy

melbas2
Posts: 108
Joined: Aug 2010

Hi Y'all, I'm a week and a 1/2 out of treatment, and even though I'm broke, I can't even consider going back to work right now. I had my last rad last Wed, and we started moving into our house that night. I didn't even get my first Sitz bath till yesterday. Trying to unpack is very tiring. And since my job requires that I fly every 3 weeks, and my days are 12 - 16 hours...work is out. Unless I can find a pt job locally for awhile, but I'm not pushing myself yet. Good luck, Melodie

nonichol's picture
nonichol
Posts: 114
Joined: Jul 2010

Melodie,
That sounds like my job, but I fly every week 10-14 hours days. Congrats on finishing txment. Take care.
Norma

sissy310
Posts: 300
Joined: May 2010

Hi Melodie, I'm a month out of treatment and still could not do what you do in your job as I tire easily but each day gets a little better. Congratulations on finishing treatment. I can't imagine having to pack, move, unpack in a new home right now either yet we persevere and continue on because we have to do so. Please do not push yourself, your body will heal when it heals and you will know when the time is right. Marilyne

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network