The majority of cancer survivors are still of working age—more than 3 million in fact. For those of you who took time off during treatment, I know the transition back to work can be difficult, regardless of whether it’s full-time, part-time or an entirely new career.
Though re-entering the workforce can be intimidating, those who have made the leap find the experience has been largely positive.
A dear reader wrote to me recently telling me that returning to work was a challenge not for reasons that you would think. It was challenging because colleagues treated her differently based on her changed appearance. Further, assumptions were made about her ability to perform her job, so much so in fact that she was offered the duties of a lesser level than she has previously been. As if having breast cancer) isn’t bad enough. I mean, really.