Chemo brain - GregP_WN

Side Effects Associated with Hodgkin Disease. Posted on October 3, 2011 View this journey (16 Experiences)

Dr's told me several years ago that the chemo had no role in my change in memory and train of thought. Now it is proven and I am an example of it. I believe it is progressivley getting worse, some say it's just because I'm getting older, but I feel like I am not as sharp as I used to be in several everyday things that I need to do in business, it seems to follow what others have told me has happened to them.

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  • Lora's Avatar
    Lora

    I dread this. My whole identity in my work life is that I'm "the sharp one". How frustrating this must be. Thank you for sharing this aspect. Knowing ahead of time, maybe I can at least know its not 'me" and be humble and ask for help. I struggle with that....

    about 9 years ago
  • Crash's Avatar
    Crash

    Ditto.

    almost 9 years ago
  • Crash's Avatar
    Crash

    The "chemo head" lingers....

    almost 9 years ago
  • WVgirl2424's Avatar
    WVgirl2424

    The chemo brain does linger although my memory is getting better there are still things hard to remember such as names, I used to have no problem with names. Ty for sharing that.

    almost 9 years ago
  • Nanc620's Avatar
    Nanc620

    Greg...
    I have kind of gotten over the fear of losing my hair and have now moved on to fearing chemo brain. I've gotten myself a journal to keep with my laptop, a calendar for my purse, at the computer and in the kitchen. A journal for next to the bed for all my brilliant midnight thoughts and ideas.

    I am an avid reader and fear losing the ability to follow a story...

    So...today I researched brain builders and found an interesting that shows eating walnuts helps! Walnuts are now on the grocery list ;-)

    almost 9 years ago
  • WVgirl2424's Avatar
    WVgirl2424

    My chemo brain is clearing up I am remembering many things so now not so forgetful. I am a RN so my memory means a lot to me, I am now almost 18months post stem cell transplant.

    almost 9 years ago
  • GrammaLeslie's Avatar
    GrammaLeslie

    My chemo brain seems to come and go. I know my age has something to do with it but there are times I feel like its getting worse. I am two years out from my treatments, my memory problems really started with the brain radiations I had.

    over 8 years ago
  • LAmom's Avatar
    LAmom

    I have had chemo brain since the first day of chemo and it's very difficult to do calculations and combined with the exhaustion and lack of sleep - well - it is awful. It's been 8 weeks and I am hoping that this is not permanent. I work with several other people who have gone through it (one two years ago and one eight years ago) they also had it but really seem fine now. Touch wood!

    over 8 years ago
  • WVgirl2424's Avatar
    WVgirl2424

    I am less than a month from my 2 year anniversary of my transplant. The chemo brain is so much better. Right after chemo was transplant and at that time I know it aggrivated me very much at that time. I now remember sitting and crying because I could not remember certain details of my life. Now my memory is so very much better! Don't give up hope LAmom! I waited about 6 months and started reading articles online and then books. It does get better. Praying for you all.

    over 8 years ago
  • anncavanaugh's Avatar
    anncavanaugh

    I finished chemo almost 2 years ago and still deal with the chemo brain....Our son bought a new house I said to my husband "have they finished putting in the new mirrors" Duhhhh I meant windows...words have somewhat similar use but not correct term...so weird.. The kitchen floor "the surface".... It is real for sure...Gotta just laugh it off..

    over 8 years ago
  • WVgirl2424's Avatar
    WVgirl2424

    Yes, I still mix similar meaning words. Gotta laugh it off and wait for it to get better. I also have memory games on iPad, it helps I think. The more you use it, reading etc. the better it gets!

    over 8 years ago
  • GrammaLeslie's Avatar
    GrammaLeslie

    I agree with WVgirl, I have memory games on my iPad that have helped a lot. I still have days tho that I draw blanks! I do a lot of sudoku, scrabble......

    over 8 years ago
  • LiveLife's Avatar
    LiveLife

    Never say never the body is a remarkable machine.

    over 8 years ago

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