Wow, great job, ladies! THIS thread is what it's all about!
Broke, i do not know much either about the laws, and surely they vary from state to state, but cancer falls under the ADA. Now I do not think every cancer every time is a disability, but you may have some protection.
Many of us have been posting together for years, so please don't hesitate to ask questions or jump in anywhere. We are at all stages of disease here, and you can see that others have been in your shoes. I cried and had some anger, but I also had trouble asking for help. I can't accept help for anything, and it was so hard for me to let people take me to appointments and even offer support.
And let me tell you, even on top of the physical changes associated with breast cancer, there are psychological changes too...different for everyone. There is the sense that our bodies have betrayed us, the fear of "will it return", the "why me", hormonal changes, new friendships, new relationships, new ways to cope....every day gets easier and easier...but don't be surprised if you feel yourself taking a step back now and then...it's all normal.