Getting Started After Cancer

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Michael S.'s Comment
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I've been a wannabe for a long time. I finally had enough of my office job and quit it with the intention of attending a college CDL program here in Ontario, OR going with Celadon's Canadian subsidiary, Hyndman. Coincident to my last week of work I had a biopsy. The results came in the week after I had quit. As only about 1/4 of the men that have this biopsy have cancer I was expecting better news than I received. I have an operable cancer, and will be having surgery sometime in September to have it removed.

I will need to recuperate, of course, but once I get that settled am I likely to have a problem starting out in trucking, aside from the much longer than anticipated work gap? I can see about other work in the interim, but I'm concerned that I may not have a chance to drive because of my disease. Note, that I live in Canada and medical insurance is not as large an issue for employers. What I'm concerned about is probably nothing, eh, and I should worry more about the fender bender I had in 2016.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Chandler G.'s Comment
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Wishing you the best in your recovery and your new career. God bless

Partagas's Comment
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Michael - I've survived two different cancers in the past ten years, the last one just under 3 years ago now and most likely the same one you're facing. I started with Roehl two months ago and they spent next to no time on the cancer in their physical, so don't let that stop you.

What I will caution you about is the potential discomfort of sitting and driving for hours, day after day, too soon after surgery. It may be 6 months - two years post-op before you'd be comfortable doing that. And, until your three-month check, you may not know if follow up treatments are required and what your monitoring plan is.

Don't let it derail your dreams, but realize it may delay them some. Best wishes as you deal with this, Michael. Don

Michael S.'s Comment
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Thanks Partagas; yeah sitting will be a problem for a while. I see that in my immediate post-op instructions. I am young, and the cancer is early days, so I'm hopeful that I won't have any follow up after surgery.

Thank you very much for your thoughtful reply, I'll definitely need to look for something else to do in the near term now.

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