Keeping your career a priority during breast cancer treatment is up to you. However, discussing your plan with your doctor and human resources department at work can help you come up with a strategy that works best for your treatment and survival. There is something to be said for maintaining normalcy in your life, so working as long as you feel healthy can be good for you emotionally.
For a long time after my diagnosis I was not part of the pink ribbon club. Breast cancer awareness month felt more like a big pink marketing machine that served as a constant reminder of the cancer I longed to forget. But then I started to read editorials and blogs and overhear conversations centered on what I call "Pink Envy." …