1) Treatment side effects,
2) Financial and personal factors; and
3) Workplace flexibility.
2) Financial factors may force you back to work before you feel ready. Some may have to continue working while undergoing treatment while others can take a break. The financial reality of needing an income to support yourself and your family can weigh heavily on this decision. Be sure to examine all of your options including paid and unpaid leave as well as your insurance coverage.
You may be eager to return to work based on personal considerations including the opportunity to socialize with colleagues, the chance to return to normalcy, and the satisfaction and fulfillment of work.
3) It may be possible to return to your former role if you took time away from work to undergo treatment. Your employer may be willing to make modifications to assist you, such as the ability to work from home, a change in regular hours, adjusted duties, and additional breaks. Speak to them about a supported return to work.
In other instances, it may not be possible to return to your former job due to changes in your ability or due to the period of time spent away from work. You may have to seek out new opportunities. This could be the perfect time for a career change or a chance to go back to school to learn a new skill or upskill.
This can be a particularly challenging time and a good support group will be invaluable to you. That support may come in the form of friends and family or it may be through networks and groups. Online groups like Her Nexx Chapter provide connections to other people who may have similar experiences.
Our Her Nexx Chapter Community invites you to join us where women are connecting with each other’s stories, exploring different experiences, and transforming ideas.
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