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82% RetiredPerson was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
08:59 PM ET (US)
A fellow coworker and friend died of the same cancer. His started from untreated GERD. He may have saved my life. Because of him I got serious about taking my GERD meds.
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Misty596Person was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
04:35 PM ET (US)
BB - that's what my dad died of, so I feel your pain. Not being able to even swallow water and watching him due inch by inch. So sorry.
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Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
04:19 PM ET (US)
My BFF (my first Friend, and my Last) is currently suffering from Esophageal Cancer (it has Metastatized, and is inoperable). We've been friends since Kindergarten. Breaks my heart.
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rickslickPerson was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
03:44 PM ET (US)
i lost my sister to cancer 11 years ago.
cancer is absolutely the ugliest word in
the english language.
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82% RetiredPerson was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
01:31 PM ET (US)
Glad to see you are a survivor. I know a few who were not.
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Misty596Person was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
09:37 AM ET (US)
BB-By rights, cancer should be a 4 letter word since what it does is obscene. A long & healthy retirement to you as well. I'm going on 45 years as a survivor.
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Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
12:54 AM ET (US)
I'm a Cancer Survivor also. I wish you a long & happy life. After USPS & battles with Cancer, you deserve it :)
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Misty596Person was signed in when posted
08-15-2018
12:38 AM ET (US)
Boss Basher- I only used s/l for cancer or side effects of treatment. I zeroed my S/L in 1997 & 1999 on 2 other cancers. Had to carefully balance sick, annual & lwop to stay in pay status. That's why I hoarded S/L. I retired in 2015 when I was able to move away & am enjoying every minute of it.
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Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
11:01 PM ET (US)
Sure glad to hear you HAD the S/L to cover all the absences necessary for your treatment & surgery. Sounds like it all worked out (as well as possible) for you. Be well in Retirement...no point staying now, without any Leave in the bank! :)

The Poster below had "stuff go wrong" - Life Happened - and he/she had the S/L to back her up, the way it's supposed to be. Sure glad we all Accumulated our S/L at USPS , much better arrangement than the Private Sector.
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Misty596Person was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
09:05 PM ET (US)
I was originally set to retire & relocate to another state in Nov 2014. My s/l balance was about 8 months. Exactly one week before my retirement, I was diagnosed with cancer (for the 4th time!) Rather than going through with the retirement & needing to find new Drs in a new area, I cancelled my retirement & stayed put. I had surgery with Drs I knew & trusted and used all but 2 days of my S/L. I would have gladly just added that to my service time & "donated" it back to the PO rather than endure what I had to, but thankfully I had it saved to make my choices easier. Also, with using that sick leave, I still had the advantage of extending my service time as well as earning more A/L & S/L. I know my situation is rare, but I believe in karma. I'm still here & so far healthy.
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comfortablynumbPerson was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
08:34 PM ET (US)
/m57668 exactly! I'm not "scamming" the system either. I saved my S/L for emergencies. now I'm close to retirement and things are wearing down and i may need surgeries also. So now I can use it legally. Just used 8 weeks and am poised to use more. (I did the math as well)
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RetiresoonPerson was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
08:24 AM ET (US)
I retired with 75 sick leave hrs left. Burned 6 Mos. From Oct 2014 to March 2015. Had to get a doctor's note every 30 days. Glad I did, wouldn't have amounted to much Pension money over my lifetime.
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41 and outPerson was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
08:06 AM ET (US)
/m57672 I agree 100%
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41 and outPerson was signed in when posted
08-14-2018
08:03 AM ET (US)
/m57671 2% even better, sitting home when not sick just not in my dna.
Edited 08-14-2018 08:14 AM
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Boss BasherPerson was signed in when posted
08-13-2018
11:39 PM ET (US)
/m57666 Don't feel bad; I had people yelling at me when I retired with about the same (about 1400 hrs. SL). But I shut them up with: "You go first. Call in Sick, every day, for 8 months. SHOW ME." (which is exactly what I was being encouraged to do). I just didn't wish to "Burn" it, and in my area and at that time, it was not PRACTICAL to do so. At random, they were choosing people to F**k with, who did that. Wasn't worth it to me. I had it in reserve, in case I broke my leg or something - as it was meant to be used. If I had BEEN sick, I would have used it.
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RockinjerPerson was signed in when posted
08-13-2018
09:58 PM ET (US)
Up until recently only CSRS system employees received credit towards retirement for unused sick leave. ... FERS employees now receive full credit if they retire after January 1, 2014. There is no limit on the amount of unused sick leave that can be credited.
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