Step 10 of 11 in getting ready to return to work:
For some cancer survivors, recovery may take time and for others, they may be permanent changes in their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Having a realistic view of your work ability over time and letting your employer know (as part of the return to work plan) by a note or having your healthcare provider fill out a form may prevent pressure that can come with expectations that are not realistic from your employer or colleagues.
Having a formal return to work plan (Step 8: Contribute to the development of the return to work plan) that outlines your restrictions, limitations, and a graduated return to work plan can allow you to refer to these guidelines when needed. Having these things in a document or on paper is particularly helpful If you are feeling fatigue, pain, or having cognitive problems, as these tend to be invisible and harder for others to imagine or accept. This situation can be the case for some of your colleagues who may not be aware of the details of your medical information. As a result, they may not fully understand why you are receiving certain accommodations (something that can be changed to meet your needs or situation). Click on this link for tips on how to talk to your colleagues.
To help balance your work and your other roles outside of work, discuss what support your family and friends can provide. When you return to work, you may not be as available or able to do as many household tasks or social engagements because of fatigue and time spent at work. It may also be difficult because you may not be used to working anymore. That’s why talking with your family about household duties as your situation changes is recommended. As well, if you are unable to drive, you may need to ask family, friends, work colleagues, or explore car-pooling for help getting to work.