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Eims
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for some advice.  A new job opportunity hopefully is coming my way.  Its to go back as cabin crew for a national airline.  It would be full time whereas now I only work part-time in a call centre.  My dilemma is would my body be able for it??  I think I am trying in some kind of weird way get back to what I love to do and forget this cancer ever happened but I know I can't really do that!!  Do you think I would be putting my health at risk doing it?  I just want to feel normal again and do something for me too.  I have 3 young children and it would be a big change for them.  Am I nuts to even consider it?

Eims x

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Texas_wedge
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When you have more information on your path report and you give us more biographical detail about  yourself, it will be easier to try to pass helpful comment.  It's not easy to remember the details of everyone posting here, which is why it's useful for people to give bio info on their profile page which can be accessed instantly by clicking on their user-name/picture. 

As to your fitness to return to a job on air crew, I can imagine you'd need to ensure you had the minimum possible baggage if you're reckoning to go with Michael O'Leary!    Laughing

Presumably your job was compatible with family life before and could be again?  So long as you don't push yourself too soon, I don't see why you couldn't resume your previous job, which I guess you enjoyed - it doesn't seem to me to be just 'blue sky' dreaming, if I can use that phrase! 

With only a small tumor and stage 1 your prospects of resumption of a normal life are excellent.  You'll just have to remember that grade 3 rating and heed the need to have the necessary scans to check  that you're continuing clear and nothing else is happening. 

It hardly needs saying that your docs will be the best source of advice on what will be sensible for you to attempt and when.  One further question - how old are you now and what is your fitness level and general state of health? 

One thing's for sure, a job as air crew can't be any less good for your health and fitness than working in a call centre (I'd be interested to hear what provision your employer there makes for regular breaks and the opportunity to walk about during breaks).

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Eims
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i havent been back to work yet texas but to be fair they have been great and they have said i can have anything i need.  no it definitely wouldn't be with mr. o leary texas i couldn't work with him even when i was flying!!  i am 41 and i think i am fit enough as i run around after 3 kids all day!!  do you think anything else could be happening with that grade 3?  they originally said 3 months screening but they are happy enough now to do a 6 month check and then yearly ones after that.

eims x

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Texas_wedge
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I'm afraid I'm a bit confused.  I gathered that you used to work in a cabin crew job, since you spoke of your new opportunity as "Its to go back as cabin crew for a national airline" but that more recently you've worked part-time in a call centre.  Have I misunderstood what you were meaning? 

When you say "to be fair they have been great and they have said i can have anything i need" I presume that's in the call centre job? [I was commenting that I imagine a call centre job is basically very sedentary, which isn't good for health unless adequate breaks are built in to enable workers to walk about at reasonably frequent intervals - perhaps that's mandatory under public health legislation these days?]

I didn't mean to suggest that grade 3 means that something is amiss, just that it means there's a greater chance that something might recur down the line than if if it had been grade 1.  Therefore keeping an eye open is sensible.  The fact that your docs are relaxed enough to suggest 6 monthly scans sounds very encouraging to me. 

If I misunderstood that you'd been in cabin crew before, and this would be entirely new, then how would that fit into family routines?  Do you have a partner who could help ensure your kids lives aren't compromised by such a change?

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Eims
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sorry texas yes i was cabin crew for years but they closed the base down here in dublin.  i have worked in the call centre for the last few months but i would love to go back flying......i suppose i am just nervous about going back because of the health issue.  on the other hand i never looked at it as a job because i loved it so much.  my hubbie works in the airline business too so he understands the industry which is great.  i suppose i focused on the t1 stage of the tumor more than the grade 3!!  

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Texas_wedge
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My feeling is Go for it!  How long is it since your operation? What do your docs say about the new job prospect? If you were in that sort of social milieu you would have ready access to any support you needed and colleagues who could be looking out for you all the time.  It sounds to me like a low-risk opportunity if you're feeling up to it and it will be good for you and your Family if you are doing something that plainly makes you happy.  I hope this layman's thoughts are of some help to you.

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Eims
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texas you are the bomb!!!  i had the op on 14th of january this year (my youngest daughters birthday).  it would be may before i went on the course and flying by june!!  ill see how the interview goes on thursday x

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Texas_wedge
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Coming from Dublin (?) to an Englishman (even though of Welsh and Irish forebears and living most of my life in Scotland) I had to Google that expression. I gather it was meant as a compliment, for which I thank you!

For Thursday,  BREAK A LEG  and knock 'em dead!!!

 

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Eims
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ah sure there is a bit of irish blood in everyone texas!!!  even obama has irish roots!!  yes it was a huge compliment and thanks x

Digger95
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Seriously, we can't really speak to your mental health here.  :)

But as far as the job opportunity, I say go for it!  The last thing you want to do is to let kidney cancer get the best of you.  The way I figure it, if the bugger is going to return, it's going to do so whether you're sitting on your butt all day watching television... or doing something that you really love.  Will taking this job prevent you from keeping your scheduled doctor's appointments?  Is it something that you cannot physically do because of the surgery?  If not, there is no reason you shouldn't pursue it!  Life is way too short for all of us.

That's my opinion anyway, and good luck!

Jim

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Eims
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thanks jim....yes some people question my sanity at the best of times hahahahaha x

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That's why you feel comfortable here. Your next flight over Carnoustie will bring a new meaning to "One flew over the Cuckoo's nest!"

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