Get Well Soon: Without paid leave, four in 10 workers don’t have any other choice

Commentary | February 14, 2007 | By Marilyn Watkins | Real Change News

Last fall I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm lucky that this potentially fatal disease was caught early, and my prospects are good. But to get to that good outcome requires nine grueling months of treatment. I figure by next summer I'll have missed 320 hours of work, the equivalent of eight weeks, for surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and doctor's visits. For 112 of those hours, the equivalent of 14 work days, I'll need someone with me. I'm particularly lucky to have health insurance, paid leave, and supportive family and friends who also have paid leave. Not everyone is so fortunate.

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