Monday, November 22, 2010

Her Employer Let Her Go After Cognitive Problems at Work

By Karen B.
Madison, WI
Guest Blogger

I am 59 years young.  I was diagnosed in July 2008 with stage 3A breast cancer.  I had a lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy because my margins were not clean, had chemo Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxol, followed by six weeks of radiation treatment.  I've been on the anti-hormonal drug Arimidex since May 2009.

Monday, November 15, 2010

After Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer, My World is Flat, Colorless

By Lisa Iovino-Lewis
Los Angeles County, CA
Guest Blogger

Although I seem vibrant, my entire life has changed because of chemo brain.  Three years ago, just before my 47th birthday, I was diagnosed with stage 3B ductal breast cancer. While going through 6 rounds of TAC (taxotere, adriamycin and cyclophosphamide) protocol, my brain took a journey I was not expecting.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor Says He is Wealthy Because of 'Chemo Brain' -- Think Pinball Wizard

By Patrick Harvill
Southern California
Guest Blogger
Hi Idelle,

I'm 9 1/2 years out from treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma and I have chemo brain in spades.  My symptoms are mostly the usual -- short-term memory deficits, attention deficits meaning forgetting what I am talking about or doing, and the whole intending to do the action but it doesn't happen.  I have near-amnesia under stress.  Related chemo maladies are chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I can't recall them all. Those are the main ones that bedevil me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Have Chemo Brain? Tell Your Story Like a Caveman (or Cave Woman)

Idelle Davidson

For those of us who have traveled through cancer or are experiencing it now, how does sharing our stories help us find our way? The answer lies in validating each other's thoughts and feelings so that no one feels isolated and alone. The answer lies in connection, in community.