PUBLISHED: 01:07 EST, 20 May 2012 | UPDATED: 01:53 EST, 20 May 2012
A woman with breast cancer has been fired from two jobs after missing work while she underwent treatment.
Connie Robinson, of Richard, Virginia, lost her job twice during the past three years during two separate battles with cancer.
Now the woman, who has completed her most recent treatment, is struggling to find work as she worries about paying her bills.
Hard times: Connie Robinson, of Richmond, Virginia, is struggling after she lost two jobs during two separate battles with breast cancer
In 2008, she was given the opportunity to be an employment specialist for a local organisation.
But the next year, she found out she had breast cancer.
She took time off from work while undergoing chemotherapy, according toWTVR.
Ms Robinson later received a severance package from the employer noting that she had exhausted a federal leave act that allows sick workers to be away from work.
She told the television station: ‘I worked even when I was sick and it’s like it didn’t matter.’
Struggle: Cancer didn’t come as a surprise to Ms Robinson, who has a long family history with the disease, but losing her jobs came unexpected
Ms Robinson was upset, but she eventually bounced back.
She applied for a grant that would fund a job for her at a charity. Three months after she applied, she was working once again.
Unfortunately, Ms Robinson’s battle with cancer was not over.
Given her family’s long history with the disease, it came as no surprise to the woman that more cancer had been found.
Ongoing: Now without a job, Ms Robinson spends most of her time at home looking for new work worrying about how her bills will get paid
But she was shocked to find out that when she was ready to return to the new job, it was no longer there.
Her job was considered a temporary position with fewer benefits than a full-time one.
She said: ‘I was blaming myself. What if I hadn’t taken the chemo?’
Now Ms Robinson spends most of her time at home hoping for new work to help her with paying bills.