It has been just over a year since I was diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer, things were going really well, strange person I am I actually got better on chemo so when it came to surgery over Christmas I was cancer free from the bits they removed including the lymph nodes. Reason to celebrate with small meals, due to stomach shrinkage as I was discharged from hospital on 1st January Cancer free which was my goal. I returned to work after a discriminatory battle as obviously someone who has battled cancer cannot work properly but I won and have been back 6 months now despite them trying different methods of trying to get rid. In March at my check up with CT scans etc still declared cancer free and still managing to fight off my management committee to keep my job. July my hopes were dashed when the one positive thing to happen through this cancer experience was the menopause, my periods returned with the missing 8 months reprieve in one hit I think as i have more or less been continually suffering. Poor GP been doing his best to discover the cause but needed to stop the bleeding first and he was becoming very concerned about the levels of hormones I needed to take to stop the bleeding for the tests. 6 month CT scan for my routine check with the oncologist, the ovary they left behind after last years removal of the suspicious one has decided to grow in size and produce loads of cysts, cause me pain and is the reason for this incessant bleeding and so I now need to wait for more tests and a trip to the gynecologist to have it removed. Quite frustrating really as permission was given last year to take both as apparently they are a magnet for secondaries and they left it so as not to induce early menopause!!! Lets just hope they are only cysts growing but this complication is causing some discomfort and despite everything I have been through pain has not featured a lot in the cancer process, which makes me feel a little fraudulent throughout the cancer journey. To top it all the management committee I thought had decided to drop their issues with me have restarted their vendetta, saying that it is not all of them but it still makes working life stressful which I don't need at the moment and I have the full support of my staff team which makes it more bearable but the ironic thing is that I work in the caring industry and supposedly these people are caring people ???? Oh well to battle we go again if nothing else to stop it happening to others in the future. Sorry my little rant over and I am sure everything will fine in the end but as they say bad things happen in 3's and I just need a little bad thing to happen to move forward!
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kasianne Sorry to read about your battle with cancer the last thing you need is to continually having to justify that you are healthy enough to continue in your employment,especially as you work in the caring industry,sounds like you are a very determined lady, at this time in life you rely don't need hassles like that from work good luck for the future on both fronts. kj
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kasianne I hope that you get things sorted soon for yourself and that your management actually get a clue. It is amazing how much discrimination there is ... I have failed one medical which I have accidentally found out why recently. It was my hearing test, which the technician actually told me she was testing my right ear first .. so I patiently waited for right ear to start and came to the conclusion that she had mucked up and started on the left. Of course this means I missed quite a few sounds that I actually heard and failed my medical. When I spoke to her afterwards she pretty much just shrugged her shoulders as it was knock off time. Missing out on this joh has cost me approx 24,000 to date. I am pretty cross about this and yet it is just another fight that needs fighting. Since my return to work I have been underpaid by two companies and shafted on a hearing test. Time for a change of industries I think! Sorry to dump on you and that was not my aim per se, rather to outline that it happens to others and it is something that needs addressing. Julie
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Hi Jules I completely understand your frustrations and feel free to rant, some people just don't get it do they. S we had cancer we dealt with it and we have a few scars to remind us that we fought hard and hopefully we have it beat but every time we have a test or a visit to the hospital we are reminded that it may come back but then it may not if we re very lucky. Things improved for me a lot at work as we managed to get together a 'coup'(for want of a better word) and replace the management committee and things have gone from bad to really good. I had the ovary out just after that post and things have been good except for my inability to store iron but supplements help me get over that and my New Year resolution for 2013 was to get through it without an anesthetic, touch wood I am doing well as I am sure sedation for an endoscope doesn't count lol. I hope you can find a job without the prejudice and to be fair it is their loss as they obviously do not know what a strong and determined person they are turning down. Good luck and r=feel free to rant away. Kas
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Hi Kas Thanks so much ... it really helps to have someone hear what we are talking about. I can talk to friends but they don't understand how hard it has been and how hard I have worked to get to where I am now and it just seems to be an ongoing battle when I would have thought it would have gotten easier. I have had two companies underpay me and trying to chase that up aswell as trying to find new work and deal with an ailing parent. I am sooooo glad to read about your "coup" and that it has worked to make things easier for you. It should not be the way it was for you. I think you are incredibly strong to be able to deal and cope with what you have gone through. No way does sedation count!!! lol Nope, nada ... can't be the same :D. Sorry, I have only just realised that was a 2012 post, bit spinny that it should come up as I am going through something similar. :)( Thanks Kas and am really glad to hear that things have improved for you. To balance my experience, I have met and worked with some incredible people since finishing treatment and returning to work. Just a bit of a rough patch at the mo. Julie xo
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Believe me Julie it was very hard at times and I really just wanted to throw the towel in, but it was good to have some people supporting me and getting me through the tough times. I am very lucky that my scars are under my clothing and I have put the weight back on so to look at nobody would know what I have gone through unless I tell them or they knew me when it was happening.So if I went for another job then nobody would know any better and I really feel for people who have had different cancers to myself. There is work out there for you and the job you get will be well deserved and they will be lucky to have you. I have a supportive family which really helps and my husband is always there to talk to if I need to. In fact going through this has opened my eyes to the people I can trust and those who are just in the game of life for their own ends, these are the people I waste as little of my hard fought for time on as possible and I am sure Karma will come and bite them on the bum.
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Kas Thanks again and I will most likely be starting work again this week (hopefully), I actually knocked back 3 interviews to start this other job. ha! Most of my scars are under my clothing also, cept for my trachea scar. I am glad you have a supportive network and that your husband is so good as a lot of spouses and people don't understand. There is always beauty in the bleakness if we allow ourselves to see it. :) Julie
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Julie Good luck with the job and I hoe everything goes alright for you. Very exciting new chapter in your journey. Kas
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Thanks Kas ... really I am just going back to a Company that I have worked for. Next year will be a bit exciting I am hoping, if all goes to plan. I am going to study and try and get a part time job to supplement myself. I am just doing some online studies at the moment ... working my way gently into it. haha Julie
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