I noticed many people who have had flap surgery or have been able to stay in bed for weeks or months to heal an ulcer don't mention how it affected their jobs or careers.

I have a stage IV and have full-time job with direct reports. It's not that I'm not considering taking time off nor does the company discourage it but I have a career that has been moving forward and am the breadwinner in the family.

In a fantasy world, I would just drop everything and just lay in bed until this thing healed. However, that's not the case.

For those of you who comitted to staying off of it, how long did you take off work? Did you use up all your vacation and sick first?