How has blood cancer affected you at work or university?

How has blood cancer affected you at work or university?


I had to
put my teacher training on hold, which was the
most frustrating thing because I could see all
my friends progressing with their careers and
I couldn’t as well. It’s work life. It’s taking a lot longer to
get where I needed to be. That was really frustrating. Yeah, similarly,
I had to take a gap year, which I didn’t intend on taking
before starting university. It’s just something that
I’d never considered. I was a bit gutted having
to take the gap year. Then to see all my friends go off to
university just feels a bit wrong. I couldn’t go on Facebook
because I got diagnosed after I graduated and got my first
new job and moved to a new city. I was seeing all these people
doing really well in their career going traveling,
doing all these amazing things. I was just stuck at
home really sick. I just went on a Facebook
detox because I just– It upset me too much
to see that happening. For me, it pushed
me to want to get my career. I was just working in a chippy
and just rolled with it. I thought, you know
what, I could do better. I want to be better in
the life I have left. That’s what pushed me to
get in the NHS and I was just I feel happier and
better in myself doing it. I feel for me, it was a opener as if
to say go and do what you want to do. That for me came
afterwards, after I’d got the all clear. I tried to get back
into the workplace. One you’ve got to overcome
say like going back to normal. Then you’ve got all the effects from the fatigue and the chemo
brain and memory loss. Also I think it just
changed my outlook on life. The career that I wanted
before my diagnosis, to be a lawyer,
it didn’t make me happy anymore. I didn’t– I sound so
dramatic, but it’s like I didn’t almost
die to be this unhappy.