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    Oh No (Relationship issues): After had been logistically a good husband during treatment, he didn't want or knew how to deal with anything related with the words cancer, surgeries or recovery anymore. Nor the menopause I was forced to go through. He expected life would go back the way it used to be. But after cancer I was not (am not) the same person. The divorce was eminent.

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    Oh No (Health insurance issue): Not enough PTO and later getting terminated we had to change insurances to my husband's work one. It was stressful and expansive. But it did work in the end!

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    Oh No (Work problems): I used to work in a clinical lab too far away from home. My doctor didn't want me dealing with bacteria sand sick patients. Also, I was so fatigued that I couldn't do the driving plus my 12 hrs shift!

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    Decision Point (Double Mastectomy): I had 3 tumors in my left breast. They called it 'satellites'. I used to work in clinical laboratories so cancer wasn't unknown for me. Just to think about the high possibility of having it again, made me ask for the double mastectomy. :-) POT LUCK! After my first chemo i was tested for BRCA 1 & 2. I'm BRCA2 positive. That was one of the most intelligentsia decisions I took in my life!

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): Ah , what? What did you say? Actually, during treatment I couldn't go anywhere by myself because sometimes I didn't know where I was!! My memory used to be fantastic! But that it: used to be! Unfortunately, even getting better after treatment, I still have issues. I can't multitask anymore. I can only keep three "things to do" in my memory. The fourth one has to wait until one of the three previous are done. No, really, I had to became way more organized because my memory sucks! I totally delete some parts of movies, facts, etc.

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      Heather3

      I have the same problem. I can drive but places I have gone to after I began chemo, I have to stop and about it first. I don't have the same issue with places prior to chemo. I can't explain it. Also tasks at work that I could do in my sleep, I question my judgement now. I make lists everywhere. It sucks!
      My oncologist said the best way to combat chemo brain is to challenge the brain is to work it harder with brain teasers or any type of mind challenging activities. Good luck to you.

      about 6 years ago
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      Lynae

      Keeping the brain busy is right. Crossword puzzles , word searches are good. Reading a lot could be good too. I too have some memory problems, but not so severe. I have spent my time, keeping it busy because, I couldn't do much of anything else. If you knit or crochet, that helps too. Just keeping busy somehow.

      almost 6 years ago
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    Clinical Trial (Neulasta): Even making the chemo side effects stronger and causing joint and muscle pain, Neulasta hold my immunity pretty well. My hemoglobin never dropped under 11.500!!!!!

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      cheed157

      I was told by my oncologist to take Claritin for the joint and muscle pain. He said they don't know why but it works and I have to say so far so good. I was told to take one pill a day starting the day I got the Neulasta and 1 pill for a total on seven days. He also said the exercise everyday. He suggested walking but the weather here hasn't been good so I ride my recumbent bike everyday ( or try to). Hope this helps.

      about 6 years ago