A-Z of Blogging: W is for Work #AtoZChallenge


26 posts. 26 days. 26 letters of the alphabet, one blog post beginning with each letter.

W is for Work

A diagnosis of cancer is a profound disruption in our lives, leaving no area untouched. Cancer impacts our family life, our relationships, and our careers.  If you have been absent from work, the decision to return often brings with it mixed emotions.  While you may welcome a return to normality, a steady income, the company of work colleagues and a sense of identity, you may also be feeling apprehensive about how you will cope.

Particularly if you are used to identifying closely with your job, a prolonged absence from work can be difficult. Even if you continue working during treatment, you may also experience some difficulties. You may be wondering how you will cope with your workload.  Will your co-workers treat you differently? How will your boss react to you? Will your promotional opportunities be affected?

Although the majority of those who return (or continue) to work after cancer adapt well, some will encounter difficulties.

Earlier this year I wrote a three-part series for the Patient Empowerment Network on returning to work after a cancer diagnosis.  Click on the links below to read more.

Returning To Work After Cancer Treatment. Part 1: Preparing the Ground

Returning To Work During or After Cancer Treatment: Part 2: Dealing with Practicalities

Returning To Work During or After Cancer Treatment: Part 3: Tips on Finding a New Job or Changing Career after Cancer Treatment