May 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm
I am 41, have Stage 1 invasive breast cancer and do not need chemo. I just had a lumpectomy and soon have to go through 5 weeks of radiation treatment. I'm a consultant and left my long-term client in the midst of my cancer diagnosis/testing last month. My company wants me to let them know when I'll be ready for work again. I have absolutely no symptoms from the cancer or side effects from the surgery. My energy has never been better. I currently bike nearly everywhere I go, including to doctor appointments.
I'm wondering if I should pick up another client at this time or wait to see how the radiation goes, or just wait until after radiation. I have savings I can use to pay for my living expenses during treatment. Also my company seems to be pretty okay with letting me decide when I'm ready to go back.
I'd like to get some feedback from others who worked during radiation treatments and those who didn't. Part of me is thinking I'd like to just take all the time off and devote it to healing so that I can recover quickly. I'm wondering if I work through it if the fatigue I've heard that accompanies radiation will drag on for a longer time.
I very much appreciate this forum - it's been a lifeline for me.