Aug 11, 2012 - 5:35 pm
First of all, I want you all to know that I'm so grateful for this site and for all the help you provide. I received my diagnosis on Aug. 3, and the support from you on this site has helped me to replace fear with determination and embarrassment with openness and candor. Thank you.
I had my CT scan yesterday and met with the radiation oncologist. I received excellent news...Stage 1, and the doc said it was "completely curable." It was found so early because I've had recurring condyloma and I had to have surgical biopsies about twice a year.
My treatment will be six weeks of radiation M-F and chemo weeks one and five. The doc said I'd be fine the first three weeks.
First of all, will I be fine the first three weeks like the doc said?
Secondly, I work full-time from home. Next week, I start teaching two classes at a local university. The classes are MWF, 8am-10pm. My doc said I might not be able to stand and teach for two hours. What do you think?
For my full-time job, I work from home on a computer. My mgr has said I can have a flexible schedule. He also said I might want to take a leave of absence during treatment.
I hope he is trying to be helpful, but the danger is that the company doesn't have to take me back when it's over if there is no place. Also, I think I have to apply for short-term disability.
I have 92 hours of time off saved...so two weeks and 12 hours to use. My thinking is that I should work a reduced schedule during treatment, especially the last two/three weeks of treatment, and I assume the week after treatment.
I guess the question is should I just tell him I need to wait and see, that all people respond differently? Part of the problem too is that radiation will take around three hours a day with my commute, but I'm willing to work on the weekends if necessary.
Or should I just take the leave of absence? I can use my time off and then apply for STD. I just hate to go through that process.
Next, my doc told me that I would not lose my hair. Although I'm male, I wear my hair long, and of course, I like having hair. Will I lose my hair? I've read that my hair might thin...if so, how much?
I'm sorry for the long post and so many questions. I appreciate any help.
Thank you all...I truly feel like I have a new family.