How Has Cancer Affected Your Career?


On social media, CURE® recently asked its readers to share how cancer has affected their careers.

Each week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CURE® asks its readers to share their thoughts with the #CureConnect discussion question.

This past week, we asked: “How has cancer affected your career?”

Here’s what our readers shared:

  • “I ended up retiring at 63. I didn’t plan for that, but things have worked out just fine. It was the best thing for my health. I just had to trust that a ‘higher power’ was moving me in the right direction and would take care of me.” – K.K.H
  • “It ended my career 11 years ago. Haven’t worked since. I retired at 46 on (supplemental security income).” – A.D.
  • “It ended my career. Been disabled since January 2011 at the age of 46 due to all of the side effects of my cancer treatment.” – L.B.
  • “Ultimately my career ended as my prognosis was short and I decided to retire early to travel while I still felt good.” – T.K.L.
  • “I had to give up my job. I was too fatigued and weak to work through treatment.” – L.M.
  • “I was criticized at a former employer (large national insurance company) for leaving 15 minutes early for my radiation treatments.” – C.H.
  • “Being sexually harassed at work was stressful. Then I got cancer. After my surgery I returned to work and the harassment continued. So, I quit. I now work seasonal part time jobs doing what I love. Traveling and enjoying life! No money, just happiness!” – D.J.M.
  • “I worked for the county government; when my six-month leave was up, I wasn’t healthy enough to go back to work so they terminated me.” – W.M.

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