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Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer: Self Employed


In addition to the information contained in the various articles available by clicking on Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, consider the following information which take into account the practicalities of being self employed.

Medical decisions

You may be tempted to speed up medical decisions such as which doctor(s) and which treatments due to pressing business matters. Both of these decisions are important to your long term health and should not be made on a rush basis.

If you are feeling pressure to act quickly for business reasons, consider asking a close family member or friend to help you with these decisions. 

Consider getting a second opinion about your diaqnosis and treatment options from another cancer expert. This is particularly advisable if you were diagnosed with Stage III or Stage IV breast cancer.

Disclosure of your health condition

Think about:

  • Which of your customers and professional network to tell about your diagnosis, when to tell them, and what to tell them. For informationl, see: Self Employed: Disclosing Your Health Condition
  • How to continue your business during treatment and after. With mobile phones you can be in a hospital and people will not know where you are.

While it is not necessary to do at this moment, it is advisable to take the time to think through the various work and personal issues that could be affected by your diagnosis.  You may find that a planning day with your advisors may be helpful.

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