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Memory Problems/chemo Brain

Memory Problems/chemo Brain

Since chemo I have been having a lot of memory problems and when I'm having conversations I know what I want to say but I can't get the words out. I've heard that some people take Ritalin. Can anyone give me some advice?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Slow and steady, Sisters!! I was nutty after chemo, could not remember numbers to make a phone call...had to read and enter each numeral separately until all were entered; made some daffy orders online over the years just after (prompting recent "what was I thinking" moments when I recall); but about 4 years ago I looked up a telephone number and was able to immediately recall ALL 7 digits and place the call. I was bubbling when the recipient answered...unfortunately it was a business so I couldn't share why I was laughing and giggling!
Reading comprehension was exceedingly difficult but I concentrated on magazine articles because the were brief and gradually I'm improving. I have several books lined up to read someday soon and 8 years ago I felt I'd NEVER read a book again. My last chemo zap was 10 1/2 years ago but when I consider where I was and where my brain power is now, I'm thrilled with the improvement.
DO NOT GIVE UP! We have to retrain our brains to recognize things that may have been wiped out by the poisons. As I said, "SLOW AND STEADY!"

posted about 2 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Welcome to the club! You are right, low dose Ritalin helps. I take 5mg in the morning, and at lunch. Helps me during my work day. I'm not what I use to be, but it's better than what I was. Also, remember that you are in full blown menopause which also causes foggy brain. Take care Samantha!

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I am about half way through my chemotherapy, currently on Taxol and Herceptin until the end of November and then Herceptin until next September. I feel at a loss for words sometimes and have to make sure I put every single thing into my phone calendar so that I get reminded about even mundane stuff.
I am getting afraid to drive too, and avoid it whenever possible.
I find using Luminosity, a website for cognitive workouts, very helpful.
Just hoping that this too shall pass.

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I am 15 months post treatment and have chemo brain issues! I was referred to a speech therapist to help me learn new ways to help me remember things, word recall etc. So far they have me doing word searches, using post its to help me at work and when driving . I went from being a high functioning clinic manager to barely being able to work on patient referrals. But, alive, still NED and trying to be patient with myself in this new normal.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Been 4 years- I notice that brain fog seems worse than in the beginning- the word is there but it just won’t come out. I start to do something and forget what it was if I think about it for a while it will come back, but it’s so disgusting. But blessed, just had checkup in Cleveland this week and all was well. God is good!

posted about 1 year ago
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