Lost Her Job Because She “HAD” Breast Cancer

This survivor’s story is distressing. After finishing her therapy she lost her job because she “HAD” breast cancer. When out of work after this occurred, I hired her. She worked for me for only a short time and offered comfort and support to the cancer patients as nobody could. I wish she could have stayed on much longer. Insightful and compassionate and helpful. A beautiful survivor.

IN HER OWN WORDS: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2010 and it is a day that I will never forget. All of a sudden you see your entire life flash in front of your eyes and the fear slowly starts to creep up on you. I like many others realized that cancer does not discriminate and can happen to anyone.

As scared as I was, I was determined to face this beast with a positive and aggressive outlook. I was going to beat the breast cancer, it was not going to beat me. It is under times like these that you realize who your true family and friends really are. Unfortunately, most of my family never even bothered to check in or up on me. Since my ordeal, I have cut most of them out of my life.

Had it not been for the strength of my mother, brother and boyfriend, I would have never made it through this horrible ordeal. My mom was my rock and never left my side. She lives with me and I take care of her now as she is battling multiple sclerosis.  God bless you mom. I love you with all of my heart!

Shortly after I battled my cancer and been healthy ever since, I was let go from my job and told by Human Resources off the record that I was now a liability to the company because I “HAD” breast cancer. They told me my position was being eliminated, so I could not sue the company. I loved my job and had put my heart and soul into it even during my battle with cancer. I was devastated again.

I ended up being out of work for two years due to the economy and went through the worst times of my life. I never gave up and worked temporary jobs (including for Dr. Kehoe) until I was able to get back into NYC.

In sharing my story, if this even helps one person to deal with illness, I will be very happy to have shared my story with you all.