Cancer is a disease that is caused by uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in different parts of the body. It leads to uncontrolled growth in the body that causes a lump called a tumor. People who have successfully completed the cancer treatment and they are healed can always go back to work. Going back to work after cancer treatment gives you a sense of who you are and how you can fit in again. By going back to work you will be boosting your self-esteem and your income. The job will remind you that you have a life apart from the cancer life. At work you can be a valued co-worker, a valued employee and a trusted boss. At work you will be having a regular contact with people and they will assist you in forgetting the difficulties you underwent the treatment. Being around people at work will make you feel comfortable because during the treatment you were feeling lonely and isolated.
It is good to communicate to your employer before going back to work and they will let you know the options they have. Ask them if they can offer you jobs that will ease your mind and body as you take the demanding job. There are some people who will cope very fast with full-time job and others will take some time to adjust. When you report to work, you will feel tired and you will find it difficult to focus at first. As you go back to work you should take care of yourself as you try to get back to your normal life.
You will cope at the workplace by talking to your co-workers when you get back to work. It is important that you check on how open you will be when it comes to sharing your cancer experience with your co-workers. In some working environments you will not benefit sharing your cancer experience. In institutions that are very competitive and fast paced working environments don’t share your experience. If you don’t get an opportunity to share your experience you should never feel pressured. When you go back to work after the cancer treatment you can seek legal protection. You are supposed to have the same rights and opportunities like other employees despite your condition. Your abilities and qualifications are the things that should determine how you should be treated at work. If you are fulfilling your duties and responsibilities at work you should not be fired even if you are sick and that is according to the law. After the cancer treatment and yo want to go back to work consider the accommodations at work. The employer should not lower the standards so that they can accommodate an employee.4 Lessons Learned: Leaderships