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Retirement was posted 03/20/2016 11:03 am by Anonymous
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Yes, age 50 at diagnosis. Whipple Surgery, but no chemo followup. It was caught early stage, no metastasis due to location of tumor causing jaundice. My job was an office job, but high stress. I was in management in Information Technology. The main reason I retired is, although I was diagnosed early stage, the doctors told me I still had a high risk of recurrence, and that usually happened within two years. My husband was already retired, and basically, as I explained to my employers, I wanted to spend whatever time I had left with my husband, instead of long hours at work. They asked me to stay part time and do project management, but there really is no such thing as part time in that field. (We did all major upgrades, installations and system maintenance on holidays. It goes with the job.) I didn't have serious issues with diarrhea once I got Creon figured out. I didn't have the strength or stamina I had before surgery, but that improved steadily with time. The main issue I have had after surgery was developing diabetes. I had been able to handle it with diet and exercise until recently. I am on a relatively new med. now (Invokana), and if that doesn't work I will need to go on insulin. That thought depresses me.

What changed in my life after I retired? I worried about that before I retired because I had always had a job since I was 16, working part time through school years. But I adjusted easily. I enjoy gardening. I have time for it now. Long walks for exercise daily. I enjoyed working, but never felt my work defined me. It was interesting and I loved the people I worked with, but it just work. I have stayed in touch with some of the people I worked with that were close friends. We meet for lunch several times a year. We traveled a lot before I became sick. We travel some now, but only short distances. No more trips out of country mainly because I am careful with my diet for reasons I'm pretty sure you will understand. I enjoy being retired and I am happy and grateful to be alive.



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