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Young, strong, and healthy, Carl Nickerson was shocked when his doctor told him that he had testicular cancer. He worked as a freelancer in the accounting field when he was diagnosed. He worked as much as he could during his treatment, and he had an understanding employer. However, there was only so much they could do. As a contractor he lacked many of the safeguards and benefits that other employees enjoy. The financial stress added to the stress of the illness. Like other survivors, Carl made it through his treatment with a new perspective and determination to change things.
He wanted a career, not just a paycheck. He wanted to help others protect themselves from the financial losses that can sometimes follow a cancer diagnosis.
For many people, work is a very important part of daily life. It provides a sense of purpose, routine, and of course, a way to pay the bills. Cancer can present many work-life concerns.
Each step of your cancer journey will present different questions to consider. You may wonder how to manage your work along with your care and recovery. In the wake of cancer, priorities sometimes shift and you may begin to think differently about the type of work you do and consider changes.
If you are interested in improving your work wellness, here are some tips to follow: