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I am self-employed

Worries about money and work are common for those affected by breast cancer. However, these can be especially difficult if you are self-employed.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I owned a small business and was the major family contributor. So taking time away from work was not an option and, in retrospect, I think working through the treatment was a good option for me.

Along with health concerns, you may be wondering how:

  • you will carry on working throughout your treatment
  • your diagnosis may impact your business
  • you will cope financially and continue to pay the bills
  • to share your diagnosis with your staff and/or clients
  • you can step back from work for a short period and who could fulfil your duties in the interim.

The information throughout this section can assist you if you are self-employed and recently diagnosed with breast cancer.


Useful information

For further information, the following resources are available: