• Does anyone have trouble with memory issues?

    Asked by faithsmamaw on Friday, June 15, 2012

    Does anyone have trouble with memory issues?

    Since second diagnosis and treatment i can not seem to remember anything i will be trying to tell someone something and forget someones name or the name of objects. Is it just me or has anyone else had that problem?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Chemo brain (memory loss and other cognitive issues) is a very common side effect of chemotherapy and sometimes radiation. I can walk from one room to another and forget why I was going there by the time I get there. I suddenly forget names and common words. I have to write even routine things down to remember them.

      over 8 years ago
    • hgbkokopelli's Avatar

      I have memory issues really bad and lose it in middle of conversation but old historical stuff and medical stuff I know real well. I too must write lists for everyday or I can't remember. I get to the other room or not even out of room and forget new stuff all the time. I am in treatment for thyroid cancer. I have terrible memory and emotional problems, labile BP's, mood swings, hot sweats etc. No one seems to correlate the importance of correct dose of thyroid for a person.

      over 8 years ago
    • Kris' Avatar

      During chemo my chemo brain was really bad, like it sounds yours is. I would easily forget names and even forming a sentence was difficult. After chemo, it was better; however, I still had a bad memory of things I would talk about with other people just that very day or the day before. I would say now, a year later, I am finally coming closer to the memory I had before; although, I still write most everything down because I am still getting older and my memory is not so great for both reasons. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      what was the question again??? yes this is so common it does get better I no longer put my purse in the freezer and ice cream on the cabnit. I am 3 1/2 years out I have a spelling issue forget how to spell words some days as fr hot sweats welcome to chemo pause mood swings oh yes the fun we get to have yall are doing great this is natural hang in there.

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I was just about to post this question myself! Prior to chemo, I was in a very technical career. My husband called me the Queen of Multitasking. Alas, chemo brain has set in and although it is improving (I am much better at remembering where I left things), I am having a very, very difficult time accepting the cognitive issues I am now encountering. I just began a new job and I am having a really, really difficult job remembering tasks I've been asked to do, processes and I am horrified that I can't multitask anymore.

      I actually had a melt-down last night, crying to my husband that I miss my old mind and I feel that it is humiliating that I can't function at the same level. It's the first time I ever cried actually feeling sorry for myself...never happened once during my cancer journey, but now 8 months post-chemo I am having a really tough time adjusting to the "new" me.

      over 8 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar

      Not only do I forget things, but I get confused with time lines. I will remember something that happen yesterday, only to find out it actually happen last week. I too forget what I was saying in the middle of a sentence. Really bad when you go to ask your care-giver "would you please go to the store and................." I was in the hospital for 2 weeks for my transplant and now I can't remember where anything is in my apartment. I do write things down when I remember to write things down.

      over 8 years ago

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