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Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
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In Treatment For Breast Cancer: Self Employed


As a self employed person, you can likely schedule your work life to accommodate your treatment schedule and side effects. Smart phones, laptops, tablets and easy access to your business via the internet allow great flexibility. You can even be present for meetings via free video systems such as SKYPE offsite link. (If you are going to have a meeting via video and are not looking your best, consider using a pancake type makeup like they do on television, and lowering the lighting.)

If work presents a critical conflict, do not skip a treatment session. There is a medical reason for the number and timing of treatments. Speak with your doctor to find out if an appointment can be changed because of your needs.

A planning day with your advisors may be helpful to consider subjects affected by your diagnosis. For example, consider how to continue your business if you become unable to continue to work or even if you die.

NOTE: If you are receiving a disability income from a private insurer, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

  • Be prepared in case an investigator comes calling to check up on whether you continue to be disabled.
  • If you are considering returning to work despite ongoing treatments,  you may be able to test returning to work without losing your income.

For additional information about the impact of your condition on your business and tips about maximizing your situation, see:

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