• With my chemo brain I am having trouble putting words together to ask a simple question. Has this happened to anyone?

    Asked by cris on Sunday, December 30, 2012

    With my chemo brain I am having trouble putting words together to ask a simple question. Has this happened to anyone?

    I can't even explain myself, I try & I just get upset, & it's starting to make me moody.

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • carolchristao's Avatar

      Sometimes I forget words in the middle of sentences. My husband keeps looking at me and saying "well... then what?" and I just say "I forgot".

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar


      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Common problem, read through some of the posts here and you will see constant reference to chemo brain. 24 years ago when I was treated for the first time I started noticing small things, like I wouldn't remember if the cashier gave me my change back or not when I got home. I asked the Doc at that time if there was any connection between chemo, and me not remembering things. They assured me, NO, no connection. I guess we knew it before they did.
      Now there are volumes written about it every week.

      almost 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Absolutely. During the worst part of my chemo brain, I wouldn't be able to think of a particular word, follow a thought through and I have been teaching in the tech field for more than 25 years which requires me to think quickly on my feet and be very articulate and analytical. The worst, however, was my inability to multiprocess, which was one of my strongest traits, and the loss of analytical skills.

      Yes, it got me very moody and upset, and I lost a tremendous amount of confidence, but it has improved greatly over the past year since I finished my treatments. Verbally, I am probably back to 90%, memory in general has also improved to perhaps 80% and the ability to mutliprocess and perform analytical tasks is still lagging, but improving.

      Just be patient. My family and closest friends knew I was having problems so they were very patient with me.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      It's happened to me many times. Sometimes it's brought some good laughs, other times it makes me worry about my poor brain. I have had some times with intense confusion, but the clarity does come back.

      I've been trying to add some word puzzles and reading into my life. You've gotta keep the ticker working or it will sink into your hospital pillow.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      I used to write how to articles and teach prior to cancer, now it is very difficult even to have simple conversations because the words don't come to me. It can take me 30 minutes or more to put together some simple instructions that I know very well.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      yes...yes and yes!!!! It does get better once chemo is finished, but as long as I was on AI's I struggled with memory and cognitive issues and word finding!!!! Since finished chemo and stopping AI's, I much better than before.....

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yup, it happens to me. Sometimes I'll be talking and I'll forget what I'm saying. Or sometimes completely forget the simplest words. Sometimes my mouth seems to have a mind of it's own and it just puts in words that don't make sense. I've also had those walk to a room and forget what you're there for situation. Grrrr. I end up feeling like an idiot. My family understands and they try to help me. I have just learned to deal with it. I'm hoping this will go away.

      I've mentioned "chemo brain" to people (non cancer) about it and tell them it's happening to me, they usually say that it happens to them all the time and that it isn't "chemo brain". I laugh and tell them it might happen to them all the time but these type of things rarely happen to me.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Yes!! - those "gaps" in conversation or questions are so awkward and embarrassing. Just last evening -- I noticed something that has probably been going on for awhile. I started saying something to my husband and came to that "gap" -- he just automatically filled in the word -- and I finished the sentence. Then, thinking back -- I realized that he has been doing this for me with others -- I am so blessed!!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Topazcat's Avatar

      Yes! It has been a year and a half since my last chemo but I still have a foggy brain. My husband has started to fill in the blank words for me. I forget staff names, how to spell, and normal everyday words. What a pain!

      almost 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I found by the end of my treatments I talked very slowly because it took time to get my thoughts together, and I would forget simple words. We kind of laughed it off, and don't worry, it goes away with time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I would like to thank you all for all your answers, It's nice to know we are all here to help one another...

      almost 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Your question helped inspire a blog article we wrote about chemo brain.

      Blame it On the Chemo Brain - Tips and Tricks for Coping

      For you and others who may be coping with chemo brain, perhaps you will find it helpful. Have you recently found any effective methods of coping that you could share with others?


      about 3 years ago

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