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    GregP_WN asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Chemo Brain - A topic we all are famiiar with and either find we have a serious problem, or you're a lucky one and just missed it.

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      Always the odd one out, I was expecting cancer - due to family history. Thus, when it arrived, I was not freaked out or traumatized. I adopted a serious attitude and delved into what it would take to fight it. A cancer diagnosis for most is a very traumatic experience, and therein lies the genesis of chemo brain. For example, those who receive chemo drugs such as methotrexate for arthtitis do not seem to experience chemo brain (even though methotrexate is one of the few drugs which crosses the blood-brain barrier in considerable amounts). Yet, those receiving the same drug with a cancer diagnosis, do.

      The research points to a similarity between "chemo-brain and PTSD. And there lies the solution, I believe.

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    Another night out playing music with our band. Donna keeps asking if I'm having fun yet. It's a 12 to 14 hour day from the time we leave the house, go to the venue and unload the truck, set up the gear, sound check, play a 4-hour show, tear it all down and load it all up and drive home. Last night was a little early as we were rolling in at 330AM.

    Why do I do it? I spend all day Sunday in recovery mode. Sore, can hardly move, catching up on sleep napping most of the day, then Monday is a tough day for me too. So why? 1, I love playing. I've been playing drums since I was 13 and I hate to let it go. 2. Something in me keeps telling me that I have to keep pressing on, keep doing things that we like to do because one day I will no longer be able to do them so I feel like I have to get it all right now while I can.

    10 years ago I was finishing my radiation treatments and still recovering from the surgeries that I had to take out my SCC of the right tonsil. I didn't know if I would make it past that diagnosis truthfully. It was my 3rd and the toughest of all of them.

    So keep pushing and keep believing that things will get better and one day you will be doing the things you love to do.