My bowel cancer journey began in May 2018 and little did I know that the symptoms I was experiencing would lead to such a diagnosis.
Well $#*!, I don't have time for this $#*!.
2018. The 22nd May, I was 32. Diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer 6 days before my 33rd birthday.
Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aussie women, claiming the lives of more than 2,400 wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces and girlfriends in Australia every year.
After completing bowel cancer treatment, your focus may shift to returning to work.
Give yourself enough time to recover from your bowel cancer surgery and/or treatment and don’t feel pressured into returning to work before you are ready.
Many patients describe a change in their worldview after having faced bowel cancer, resulting in their priorities shifting, especially in relation to their career goals and their definition of success.
Others express hesitation about returning to work due to fears of recurrence, a decreased sense of self-efficacy, and general anxiety related to re-integrating after being away.
With these challenges in mind, it may be hard to see the positive side of returning to work.