Chemo Brane

I didn’t opt for the regular brain MRIs and chemo brain study, so I don’t know for sure how my grey matter fared, but here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • memory leaks (I keep losing things because I simply can’t recall where I put them)
  • crazy word snafus (even though my brain says the appropriate word, my fingers type “duo” instead of “duel”, “link” instead of “leak”, and “your” instead of “you’re”; questioning spelling of simple homophones like “here” and “hear”; and even completely reversing words when typing)
  • word loss (when speaking, I know which word I’m searching for but just can’t find it)
  • balance burps (I have little balance challenges where I otherwise wouldn’t have had)
  • short attention span (I’m actually hoping this is just due to fatigue)
  • constant spouting of Arrested Development quotes (no, wait, I’ve always done that).

If this is the extent of my impact, I’ll consider myself lucky.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • Can I start: “I'm doing the time … of my life!”

  • steve

    Yep, sounds like you've had your 40th birthday a little early. Oh well, welcome to the club.

  • Kelly

    Hi Andrea,rnIt seems to me that everything you have mentioned above I’ve been doing for the past 12 years with my ‘fibro-fog’. If that is all the symptoms you get them consider yourself VERY lucky 🙂 I’m doing just fine with them.rnAt times frustrating but very liveable.rnI’m really looking forward to next week. Can’t wait to see you guys again!!rnLove, Kelly

  • Caroline

    I can add a few to your list from post-colon surgery. Like loud gaseous explosions anytime, anywhere. I spend a lot of time outside. Good thing it's spring. Doesn't seem to phase the squirrels but the chickadees nesting in the eavestroughing get quite startled. : D

    Making appointments with people then completely forgetting. Showing up at my appointments on time, on the wrong day, or on the right day at the wrong time. Losing email. Completely forgetting people's names. etc.

  • Studies show that as many as 75% of cancer patients experience cognitive changes following diagnosis or treatment. To explore chemobrain further, I talked to Heather Palmer, who has a PhD in neuropsychology and is an expert in the relationship between the brain and behaviour. You can read the interview with Dr. Palmer on SharingStrength feature <a href=”…> Brain fog: I can't multi-task anymore! You can also join the conversation with Dr. Palmer on the blog <a href=”…> Brain fog: not a figment of your imagination

    I love your website. What a resource!
    Editor of SharingStrength

  • Sounds like you are doing just fine to me. Remember the whole process of treatment had me feeling quite different at times., so much happening on so many levels.

  • Hi Andrea, I know for sure one of the things that has been intact – your terrific sense of humour. Especially this article. Beginning from the title (“Chemo Brane”). Mark and you have an excellent style of writing and presentation. It is a great inspiration to read this daily. Hope one day you will write a book about this journey.

  • Thank you, Sriram! I like to think of our word causing you to chuckle, half way around the world (or is India all the way around the world??)

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