Working it out: Returning to your job after transplant
“I wanted to be tired from working too hard instead of being tired from treatments.”
The day after I was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), I talked to my managers and Human Resources department and it was decided I would leave immediately to take time off before the transplant process started. I went on leave in the first week of July and decided to go back as soon as my doctor said it was okay, which was six months post-transplant.
Karen is an outdoor enthusiast, a hiker, a nature lover, and a cancer survivor. At age 52, Karen received a transplant for multiple myeloma. “For the first year after transplant, I was only able to take short walks close to home,” she explains. “Getting my strength back meant I could be outside longer, but going for a long walk in the woods meant taking precautions to avoid graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and infections.”
Winter is over, spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Are you looking forward to spending more time outdoors? As a transplant recipient, are you taking extra precautions to stay safe this season?
Q: What is the minimum SPF you should apply any time you are in the sun?