Asked by ritafaystageIV on Thursday, August 7, 2014


    Is anyone else having what they refer to as "chemo brain"? I feel like someone took everything in my brain, put it in a mixing bowl, turned the beaters on, then threw it all back in. All the main ingredients are there, they are just all mixed up. The end of the day is really rough on me

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yes, lots of discussion in the past here on this board. Many of us have had chemo brain, different levels of severity. Some of us have quicker resolution than others and some have it for years later. Many of us have shared similar stories of walking into a room and not remembering why we went in the room. I was always leaving the oven or stove on, or forgetting to close the garage doors, going to the store and forgetting what I needed. Very common and well-documented.

      about 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      I have found myself more forgetful after chemo. Helps to make lists when going shopping also often write down what I want to accomplish during the day. It helps to excercise and challenge your brain with puzzles,or suduco.Chemo brain is for real.

      about 5 years ago
    • Izzie44's Avatar

      Oh yes I've struggled with chemo brain. I used to remember everything and all of a sudden I couldn't. I was frustrated and so it was stressful at first but I've learned to roll with it. As the others have suggested keeping notes helps. But there were times when in the middle of a conversation I might forget what I was talking about or what I was saying or forgot the name of a person that I know very well. Now I just love to laugh and say "sorry chemo brain" and nobody holds it against me. It was easier to roll with it when I decided that I couldn't fix it and that it may be temporary so my stress was so much better when I switched from being upset to accepting it and moving forward. I know that is easier said than done but it worked for me. Hang in there.

      about 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      Right now, I'm having allergy brain (same concept). Hope it improves.

      about 5 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      I is really difficult for me also. My biggest problem is I forget words. I also repeat myself. I hope it improves.

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      This is a common thing that happens, we have an article about it in our blog page here>> https://www.whatnext.com/content/blog/posts/blame-it-on-the-chemo-brain-tips-and-tricks-for-coping

      about 5 years ago
    • amontoya's Avatar

      Oh my, YES! My boyfriend is so forgetful sometimes I feel like I'm living with an old man instead of a guy who is 28! I sure do hope it gets better for you and him.

      about 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I'm w/Jalemans. I have a touch of aphasia. I'll be talking and lose a word. And it's not something technical. It's like pen or tree or Toyota.

      about 5 years ago
    • YazBri's Avatar

      I have it too, I don't know what my explanation was for before I got diagnosed, but for sure now, lots of times I don't know why I do things lol

      about 5 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I had a terrible time. Couldn't form sentences, etc. now since it's been over a year since I stopped chemo, my wife wonders what the problem is. :)

      Best wishes to you on your healing journey.

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Yes! Chemo brain is a fact of life for me. I forget words, forget how I plan to finish a sentence, and forget I even wanted to write something. I forget names, even of people i have known a long time. I forget events. Ugh!

      about 5 years ago

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