The days of working for the same company for thirty years and retiring with a gold watch and a pension, for most, are long gone. Chances are you will find yourself changing jobs a number of times over the course of your career — either by choice or as the result of a layoff or restructuring.
I am a cancer patient. I am a cancer survivor. For the rest of my life, I’ll have periodic oncology visits, blood tests and CT scans.
Three years and eight months ago, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma — kidney cancer. Like most folks with RCC, my diagnosis came out of the blue. The tumor on my right kidney was discovered in a routine test when my doctor was looking for something else.
In the early stages, kidney cancer has no symptoms. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes it; there’s no fairly direct causal link like there is for some other cancers.