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12/3/11 11:15 A

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I had my surgery Dec 4 and was back to work teaching in January. It was true that I sat down a lot, which I never usually do teaching, but I worked during all my chemo and radiation.
I did have to miss several days - but my work was very supportive, and my students, although normal 13-14 year olds, did seem better behaved in general on the days I was tiredest.

I have worked with other women going through this. For many of us, the job and the co-workers help sustain us and support us through this.

quitting work is personal decision - my doctor said "Do as much as you feel like."

Dance like no one is looking.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Live like you'll never die.


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12/3/11 9:09 A

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I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, and am sending good thoughts her way.

I'm surprised she's only off for 6 weeks. Is she not doing chemo and/or radiation treatments? I know it's different here in Canada, and I started with chemo, then the bilateral mastectomy, and then radiation, but... I was off for 1.5 years! Much more than 6 weeks! Please encourage her to talk to her docs again about what her complete treatment will be, because it's really not worth going on and off work each time if that prevents her from getting disability...

SeaWave

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I am who I chose to be. Stronger. Leaner. Further. Fierce.

It's about taking my power back.

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11/23/11 10:30 P

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Praying for Miki for decisions and financial issues. I feel with her support team and your support & friendship she will do well. I hate that she had a bad experience with her biopsy but that is just one situation and probably other situations will be better. Know that we will be here for her and you as she begins this journey.

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11/23/11 8:10 P

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Does your work have a program where other employees can donate their vacation days to her?

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11/23/11 3:29 P

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Pam,
You are truely a wonderful friend to Miki. She is lucky to have such a good support group. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.
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11/23/11 12:58 P

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What a nightmare! Thank God we can depend on Him. It was my support group that got me through my Chemo and Radiation treatment. This is a wonderful group for support and know I will be praying for you also. emoticon Connie

I thank God for being in control of my life and know I can trust Him. Praise God!


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11/23/11 12:39 P

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Sounds like she has a good support system - and she has you too, to care about her. Tell her about us, and that we are here if she ever needs us. You too are affected by this situation. hugs and prayers
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11/23/11 12:13 P

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Well, today my friend and co-worker got the news, she needs a full mastecomy. Won't hear until Friday or Monday on when surgery can be scheduled. It has been rough for her--her sister had a double mastecomy about 5 years ago and is a survivor and great support. Unfortunately, my friend experienced a terrible biopsy, and was bruised completely on her left side. Her son and daughter have been, are, and will be by her side through the whole thing. She may have to be off for 6 weeks, and has no vacation or sick time built up to cover. She does have insurance--Thank God--but will not be off long enough for disability to kick in. What a headache.
Miki (that's her name) is taking today off (and the Thanksgiving weekend) to think about what is coming up for her and her choices. Just to wrap her head around what the doctor has told her so far.
Please say a prayer for this new sister to Breast Cancer, and to all who have been and are being diagnosed today.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are in the world!!
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