If you have taken a leave of absence from work and are returning to your current job, you may have mixed feelings about going back. Some may look forward to returning to a normal routine and lifestyle, as well as reconnecting with friends and colleagues, while others may not feel ready yet. This is another situation where you have to make decisions that are right for you.

If you wish to return to work but you are unsure if you are physically, emotionally, and mentally ready, be sure to discuss your plans and concerns with your healthcare team. Your decision will depend on the type of lymphoma you had or have, the treatment you received, and the type of job you work at. For example, if you work in a stressful or physically demanding setting, you may need to wait longer before returning as long-term side effects such as fatigue may cause poor performance at work and delay in your healing process. In this case, your healthcare team may refer you to physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists to help you build your physical work tolerance. Regardless of the decision, it is important to keep your healthcare team up to date on the decision process as you may need them to write appropriate letters to your employer or insurance company.

Some people decide not to return to work altogether because of personal or physical reasons. Some may choose to take an early retirement and spend more quality time with their loved ones, while others are not physically able to return to their previous job. Others may choose to spend their time by giving back to their community.

Remember, there is no one right answer. Try not to compare yourself with others who have had lymphoma or other cancers. Every person’s experience is unique. If you are struggling with this decision, it can be helpful to discuss it with those close to you and your healthcare team.

If you are worried about your finances, there are several options that you can explore that may help you make the decision that is right for you.


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