I wanted to write a blog today about a huge topic that continues to come up for my patients on a regular basis.  That is how to manage work, treatment and survivorship.  I am often asked by patients about FMLA, short term disability, how to afford to pay bills when they are in treatment and can’t work…… and many other issues related to juggling work, cancer, treatment and survivorship.   

I wanted to write a blog today about a huge topic that continues to come up for my patients on a regular basis.  That is how to manage work, treatment and survivorship.  I am often asked by patients about FMLA, short term disability, how to afford to pay bills when they are in treatment and can’t work…… and many other issues related to juggling work, cancer, treatment and survivorship.   Some patients have had the option of using some short or long term disability or FMLA and find that they have many overwhelming feelings, questions and concerns regarding what is available, how to access it and their rights as an employee.  Many professionals, including social workers, want information to be able to address these needs more effectively.   

There are many wonderful resources that can provide insights and information.  They are easily accessed through visiting the Pink Ribbon Survivors Network Resource Directory.  Cancerandcareers.org. is one really helpful resource that you can link to from this site (another is Cancer Legal Resource). You can get accurate information on legal rights for employees, learn the facts about FMLA, and the American Disabilities Act and sign up for seminars.  Experts offer tips on how to speak with your employer, what types of information to share with them and when, as well as tips on effectively managing your emotions and dealing with stress. 

It is great, not only for survivors, but for professionals as well.  In fact, I just participated in a very informative webinar sponsored by their site (and I will receive CEUs for this too). I would highly recommend a visit to our Resource Directory where you can connect with this website and other very helpful sites.  There is a lot of information out there for you to tap into.

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