It’s just that I was constantly being called to the phone, or I was asked a question, or I was being resuscitated

I’ve been back at work for seven weeks and, while I’ve enjoyed the geeky problem-solving, the feelings of accomplishment and, best of all, the cash, my huge challenge is time.

With 8 packed and hurried work hours, bookended by the commute, delivery and pickup of Luba, and morning and evening chores, I’m scrambling through days and letting loads of life slide.

Hyper-healthy eating takes tonnes of time. And my millions of physiotherapy, oncology, port-a-cath flush appointments, plus the getting there and wait times, really put the squeeze on my already rushed ragged routine.

I had assumed that I’d be returning to a three day work week. And, given my uber-productivity, I hadn’t dreamed I’d be denied.

But my employer couldn’t oblige.


About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • janice

    I know the feeling. I remember some very harried years. There are certain things while ‘letting loads of life slide’ that you will find are not really important. Your health and time with those-kids-who-are-going-to-leave-home-in-less-than-10-years are important. Clean floors, not so much.nnOOPS, I forgot to put clean floors back on the important list, even though my kid left home!!nnSpeaking of which, she is coming home this weekend – YEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

  • Ah, JanicernYour zest for your daughter just warms me right uprnEnjoy every minute of your absolutely wonderful weekendrnrnPs Thank you for your exciting giftrnIt was a huge treat this stressful weekrnrnLots of lovernAndrearnrnrnPlease excuse any brevity and typos — this note was typed by big rnfingers on a tiny iPhone keyboard.rnrnAndrea — Our Breast Cancer Journey

  • Janice

    She brought the cookie container home – the one I filled with white chocolate macadamia cookies at Thanksgiving, so I guess I will bake cookies tomorrow. It is kind of fun to the the mom sending food home with the non-resident child. My mom was famous for that, and she had 5 of us.nnEnjoy your weekend, too.

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