Many of the changes that came from my experience with cancer are obvious: hair, boobs, scars, pills etc. Some of the changes are on the inside: I feel differently about people and things. One of the biggest changes has to do with my work. We closed our store at the end of April after 13 years in business. There is no direct correlation between my cancer and the closure. There were many factors, but cancer was a big part of it.
During the 7 months that I did not work at all, I had a lot of time to think. About what I wanted to do everyday. I absolutely loved my job. Loved almost every aspect of it. The things I didn’t like, I paid other people to do. It worked. But it was also 13 years of doing the same thing.
The other thing that happened is that I was pretty much alone all the time for 7 months. My kids went to school, my husband went to work and I stayed home with my low WBC trying not to catch anything.
Both of those things made me come to the realisation that I wanted to work in a team again. Yes, I’m great at self-motivation and making my own path. But I seriously missed working WITH people, the exchange of ideas, the throwing around of words on white boards (do people still do that?), the cooperating.
So I’m now trying to take my career on a different path. I had my first job interview in 16 years yesterday. It’s not the right job for me. But I got that first interview done and it went well.
It’s going to be very interesting to see where this takes me. I want different things now. Priorities have shifted. Yet another thing that happens when you get cancer.