Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Finding Balance and Growth – one New Zealand GP’s experience

In this article, Anne Mathieson, a GP based in New Zealand, shares her experience of returning to work after treatment for Stage 3 Bowel Cancer, and just as the COVID pandemic started to unfold.

‘I took a break from working as a GP when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer in April 2019. Initially I had a huge burden of guilt around stopping work as I had only been in my new job for 3 months before I was diagnosed. Before that I had been on maternity leave for 15 months with my second child, so I felt like I had just had a long break from work and I was only just getting back into the swing of it. However, the idea of work felt too difficult while my head was distracted dealing with my own emotions and the practicalities of appointments.’  

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