Wow, Sorry I posted this. I think it's gotten WAY out of hand.
No where do it suggest that you can get a handicap sticker for your car. This is a gross stereotype of a hadicapped person. You might want to consider getting one however if your by yourself and suffering while chemo. If you need one, by all means put your pride in your back pocket and go get one. When you done with the sticker also by all means hand it back in. The little old ladies at church who hang on to them (and use them) long after the ill husbands have died drive me nuts.
Sorry I'm also not into Machoism for stupidities sake. This is the same reason most men did not talk about prostate cancer years ago, and why a lot of us DIED. My father being the prototypical manly man did not want anyone to know something was wrong until it was WAY too late.
After you are done your treatments and are back to normal, by all mean start leading a normal life. Not all of us have the option of quitting our jobs for prides sake. I have a wife and two small children that need support in a tough economy. Now if I had an employer who would not accommodate me during the rough stages, I would by all mean try and find another job first and foremost. But this option is not always practical.
All this article states is that your employer
- has to make accommodations for when your under going treatments. Whether that be surgery, chemo, or radiation.
- has to allow you time to go to the doctor appointments and follow ups.
- has to make REASONABLE accommodations when your return. Say something like extra bathroom breakers to change your pads.
Now if they cannot do these simple things, by all mean look else where. If this is not an opition however, you do have rights.
Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
Both nerve bundles spared
Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate
T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
Went home with JP drain
10/2007: Made return trip to hospital. All urine was comming out JP drain.
10/2007: Catheter removed. Next to no leakage
11/2007: 1st PSA <.003 :)
ED: Started Viagra, no response yet.
12/2007: Had confidence to go padless!!!!!
12/2007: ED: Stopped Viagra as it's causing hemroid problems.
01/2008: 2nd PSA <.003 :)
ED: next to no response.
04/2008: 3nd PSA <.003 :)
ED: next to no response. Changed the Viagra prescription.
Post Edited (Roger G) : 5/24/2008 3:05:14 PM (GMT-6)