Hello everyone. I was hoping to get your thoughts on working/not working. I Feb 2005 I was diagnosed with ALL. I do not know if it was T or B cell. I had two years of chemo. Six months of intense chemo, no work was allowed. During the 18 months of maintence chemo I was allowed to return to work part time as a Cardiac Sonographer. The treatment ended in FEB 07. I picked up second part time job during my 11 month remission. The only thing remarkable about the first treatment was a ruptured colon that required a colostomy bag, and a 15lb loss of muscle from cancer cachexia. The cancer returned in Jan 08. This time it required a BMT. I was in the hospital for over 5 months as they had a tough time getting me into remission. They used the new mTOR inhibitor drugs that completely stop protein synthesis. I lost over 60 lbs of muscle tissue. A total of 75 lbs were lost. I was not allowed to go out in public for over a year. I was allowed to go back into society in June of 09. The big side effect was the wasting and a return to the hospital in aug 08 for kidney failure. I have struggled with wasting issues and fatigue over the last 4 years. However since sept 2011 I have built up 20 to 25lbs. I feel that I can return to work now a least part time. I have been out of work for over 7 years now and have lost an estimated half million in wages. I have had issues with people berating me for not working. I was not expecting this and has been very toxic at times. I had and still contend with eye issues that have prevented me from returning to work as a sonographer. Was hired recently by the YMCA with a goal of being a certified cancer fitness trainer. Have I been out of work too long? Your opinion would be welcome.