Changing the conversation about work and cancer

Returning to work

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

Posted: 28th July 2021

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.… [Read More]

Returning to the workplace after July 19 2021: Tips for those with cancer and those who are immune suppressed either permanently or temporarily

Posted: 19th July 2021

Introduction On 19 July the government lifted the remaining Covid restrictions in England. Face masks are no longer legally required (although guidance suggests wearing masks would still be advisable in enclosed and crowded places, and face masks continue to be mandatory on TfL services) The 2 metre (or 1 metre plus) social distancing rule has… [Read More]

Return to work

Posted: 21st September 2020

Workers across the UK are being encouraged to return to their workplaces as the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ eases and concerns over the economic fortunes of City centres grow………… My own research looking at working life during ‘lockdown’ has shown that emotional wellbeing was under real pressure very early on and, despite some improvements, it remains fragile… [Read More]

Back to Work in post-treatment ‘Limbo’ – a blog from our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan

Posted: 22nd September 2019

Our new Ambassador, Stephen Bevan, shares his experience of returning to work following his cancer diagnosis and treatment. ‘It is now a year since my diagnosis of oesophageal cancer was confirmed. I’ve now emerged from 10 months of treatment and I am dipping my toe – tentatively – back into the world of work. I’ve… [Read More]

Finding my new ‘normal’: A journey of self-discovery

Posted: 22nd September 2019

Guest writer and former WWC coachee, Fay Field, has written a blog for us about her journey of self-discovery following her cancer diagnosis and treatment. ‘I was thinking about what sort of things I would talk about in relation to the title of this piece, and like most things cancer-wise it’s incredibly subjective. I remember… [Read More]

Returning to work and making changes

Posted: 22nd July 2019

Guest writer, Sara Liyanage, is a part-time solicitor and the founder of www.tickingoffbreastcancer.com, a website dedicated to helping people through their breast cancer treatment.  She has written a third blog for us about her experiences of returning to work: ‘I thought it seemed rather fitting to start writing this third and final article in my… [Read More]

WWC partners with Teenage Cancer Trust to help young people manage work after cancer

Posted: 22nd July 2019

WWC Associate, Sarah Dawson, shares her experience of training and coaching young cancer survivors to manage work and cancer: ‘A cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, but for a young person it can cause a particular kind of anguish. How do you face conversations and situations most adults would struggle with, before you’ve even had… [Read More]

How I Managed My Work and Cancer: A Personal Perspective

Posted: 7th January 2019

Esther To shares her personal experiences of returning to work during her cancer treatment. ‘I was 35 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At the time, I was still building on my HR career.  I was gaining more exposure and experience which I felt I needed to be able to step up.  I couldn’t… [Read More]

Here I am, three months back to work ….

Posted: 12th September 2018

Back in April, our guest writer, Sara Liyanage, provided a detailed insight into her experiences of living with cancer and her journey back to work.   She is now three months back to work and shares her experience in a new blog: Today marks a bit of a milestone for me. I’ve just got home from work.… [Read More]

The countdown to my return to work

Posted: 19th April 2018

Guest writer, Sara Liyanage, provides a detailed insight into her experiences of living with cancer and her journey back to work: ‘I am going back to work. It will be one day off eighteen months since I was last in the office. I clearly remember the parting conversation with a couple of colleagues about how I… [Read More]

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