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Unread 02-01-2004, 01:04 PM
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I go back tomorow after a bit over 6 weeks off...I can't believe it...I had so many plans...clean out the closet,drawers,garage,etc.. .I did give alot of stuff away to charities from the basement, ordered a trash pick up for some other stuff, had a nice Xmas (presents ordered online), had dinner delivered for the day. Slept a whole lot, read alot about non estrogen ways to deal with hot flashes ( dong quai,black cohash,flax oil,etc) read alot of novels and sought alot of info from this wonderful web sit... saw a onc/gyn; second opionion scheduled 2-13....I had alot of energy after the surgery (LAVH,BSO 12-17,with Type 1 B endometrium cancer), perhaps so glad of no post-op complications,etc....It has been fun being a Mom to my 6 y.o-making him breakfast,etc....back to the same old tomorrow. I know I will miss my 9-11 a.m. nap followed by lunch with All My Children....Perhaps just getting back to work will get my energy going is a fast paced job....wish me luck!!!
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Unread 02-01-2004, 02:04 PM
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I hope you have a good first day bac at work and still enjoy the best job of all of being a mom. I gave up soaps when I began getting too involved in the stories, caught myself worrying about fictional characters on General hospital, but you can go to the TV Guide website and read the recaps.
Unread 02-01-2004, 05:49 PM
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Now don't overdo at first--you'll be surprised how tired you can be. Ease gently into the job. I bet your child had a wonderful time with you when you were feeling better. As for the soaps--you can pick them up a year from now on vacation and you'll be right back into them! I was an Edge of Night junkie for years until it went off the air in 1984.
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Unread 02-01-2004, 07:07 PM
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Have a wonderful first day back at work.. I am sure that your coworkers are looking forward to seeing you also.

I may be in the minority with this, but I do believe that working and being around people all day is the very best medicine of all. I went back to work 5 weeks after my hyst and wanted to return sooner but doc and I compromised on 5.

Let us know how you do.

Unread 02-01-2004, 08:41 PM
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Best of luck to to you, Raffi. I know how you must feel.

I, too, return to work tomorrow after almost 4 months off. I am half way through my chemotherapy course and had considered staying out until I was finished. I have a very stressful job that is not very flexible in terms of time demands so trying to schedule things around being sick every 3 weeks will be a challenge. But my doctor encouraged me to work and I have felt better after each round in terms of my coping. I also had some set-backs in terms of my recovery in terms of trying to do too much then paying for it. I have felt so much better physically in the last few days than I have for quite some time. I thought I was doing well all along, but I don't think you really realize how fatigued, etc, you are until you really try getting out there and doing things. I'm also the main breadwinner in the household so there was extra pressure to get back to work. I'm hoping things go well.

While I'm really going to miss my slow-paced lifestyle, I have to say that knowing I'm going back to work has really lifted my spirits in some ways as well. I feel "normal" again for the first time since I started this whole "cancer trip". Maybe that's the whole point to the doc wanting me to work. This is just something to deal with, but I'm still the same person, if that makes any sense.

Unread 02-01-2004, 08:54 PM
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Must be a trend with everyone going back tomorrow, me after 8 weeks.
Unread 02-02-2004, 08:06 AM
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All the best to you! After a few days you'll wonder if you were ever away! But please listen to your body's need for rest and relaxation. I know how much I actually enjoyed my recuperation, with its leisurely pace and low demands. It made me determined not to get myself overcommitted again--although I haven't always kept that resolution.

Enjoy your return and let us know how it goes! And Remember, once a princess....always a princess!

Unread 02-06-2004, 04:58 PM
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Hi everyone,
Thanks for your thoughtful words and cheer....

I went back to my 9.5 hr day, 4 days a week Monday....and TGIF!!!! Alot of stuff to catch up on...but the normality of it felt very good....taking a shower every day,planning my lunch,etc...I have been very stingy in sharing my type of diagnosis with anyone at work...only my 2 bosses and 1 c0-worker...I felt that this is a very private matter...I only shared the diagnosis of the C word with 1 boss....I know people care, but I also think that there is no way they can be in my why make space for as a nurse practitioner I have 900 patients, and I didn't want this to spill over to them, as it did with my back surgery 4/03...."how is your back???",etc, when we were supposed to be talking about them....and anyway, it's MY business...guys may like to talk about their PSA results and what they hod done for their prostate cancer; similar to discussions on cholesterol readings, but I feel oh -so differently about what I've been through; would feel the same even without the C word.

Limbo, you are very brave...keep your chin up and keep in the "normal" world....I hope that the chemo gets a bit easier for you and that you are feeling better soon...

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