Recurrence: Self Employed
You may be tempted to speed up medical decisions such as which doctor(s) to see and which treatments to undergo due to pressing business matters. Both of these decisions are important to your long term health and should not be made on a rush basis. In fact, it is usually advisable to even take the time to get a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment options from another cancer expert before deciding about a treatment plan.
If you are feeling pressure to act quickly for business reasons, consider asking a close family member or friend to help you with these decisions.
- Which of your customers and professional network to tell about your diagnosis, when to tell them, and what to tell them.
- How to continue your business during treatment and after. With mobile phones, pads, and laptops you can be in a hospital and people will not know where you are.
- What you would do if a disaster affects your treatment center or the pharmacy where you buy your medications. While you're at it, think about what you would do if a ndatural disaster affected your suppliers and/or your customers.
While it is not necessary to do at this moment, it is advisable to take the time to think through the various work and personal issues that could be affected by your diagnosis. You may find that a planning day with your advisors may be helpful.
While planning is on your mind, consider the steps you need to take in case a disaster affects your doctor, treatment center or medication supply.
For general information about being self employed with a health condition, including what to do if you become disabled and unable to work, and about selling the business, click here.