Before my diagnosis, I had a thriving career. I worked about 40 hours per week, but it was intense and sometimes very stressful, but very rewarding too. Now I am struggling to get through my radiation and keep all the balls in the air. Part of me wants to get back the life I had before and pretend this never happened. Part of me wants to quit or drastically reduce work, save the world, or travel it because I don't know how much time I have left. I still haven't gotten my head around my onco… read more
I was 56 when diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative. I made the choice to retire after 36 years. Lucky enough to receive a pension. 3 1/2 years cancer free. Enjoying life my family and friends. No regrets. Traveling. Worry everyday it will come back but there is nothing to do but enjoy everyday. You will make the right decision with your faith and family helping you. To healthy healing once treatment is complete and never quit the fight 💓
When I was first diagnosed, my thought was that I didn't want my life to be all about the cancer. I have so many other good things in my life that I'm grateful for, so I try to focus on the good things. I've pushed hard to continue to work as I am able, volunteer coaching, and participating in the things I enjoy. I don't focus on scores or statistics, but rather I focus on me and how I feel. Cancer is only one part of my life, not all of it. Some days, it's a real fight to stay positive, for sure. I may not be able to do it all every day, but I do what I can. I have a magnet on my refrigerator, I think I got from TLC, which says: Feed your faith, and your fears will starve to death!
I too had worked for 36 years. They wanted me to come back after 6 months off on long term disability. I just was not ready emotionally and physically. Although I am lucky to receive a pension. I was 57 when I retired and never regretted it. My husband retired at 59 a year later. We chose traveling and living life to fullest since tomorrow is not promised to no one😍 its an individual decision. I love retirement and being cancer free almost 5 years later. I still worry, but replace it with fun things. You will make the right decision. Follow your heart and health❤
I'm in the same spot. However, I can't stop working as I need the money. My job is very stressful due mostly to one person there. I would quit in a heartbeat if I could. I don't like the fact that my whole life has been about working. I'm tired and frustrated. If I could quit there are other things I would get involved in. I think too, it would give me more time to think about me and I would have the time and energy to take better care of myself. I'm just trusting in my savior and taking it day by day.
This totally defines how I feel as well. I have a very demanding career and I wonder every day if I should just retire and enjoy my family or if I should keep going to try to keep my mind so busy that I do not think of the possibility the cancer returning...... I am leaning on the lord to help me to be strong and make the correct decisions.