Chemo brain is basically a blow to the brain's ability to process and memorize, as a result of chemotherapy. Some say it's not a real thing, others say it is. More studies are showing that it is real. Some say it is only temporary and the brain's functions will return after a cancer patient has been off chemo for a while. I heard it described as having a hangover without the headache. But what about us myeloma patients? Long term, maintenance chemo is pretty standard. So do our brains every bounce back?
I thought I was doing pretty well. At work I've been able to focus and process information and remember stuff. But of late, and today in particular, I'm feeling like my brain function is slowing down. In a morning meeting, I really wasn't able to think quickly and respond to new information. I am finding if I don't write stuff down immediately, it might be gone forever. I ask people to remind me of things now.
In my non work life, I am finding the memory is taking a real hit. I've always thought I had a pretty good memory and a pretty good head for numbers. But I forget a lot of shit nowadays. Focusing is getting tough.
Argh, what other surprises await me?
Tackle Myeloma Bowl Mania
It's college football bowl season. I've created a Tackle Myeloma challenge on ESPN. Pick the winner of all 39 bowl games and rank by your confidence. You get points based on correct picks and where you ranked the game. $10 buy in. Half the funds go to the MMRF and the other half is divided among 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The MMRF has its own challenge where all donations until the end of the year are matched. Win Win Win opportunity. Here is the link for the bowl mania If the link doesn't work, just go to ESPN bowl mania and join the group Tackle Myeloma The password is myeloma. You can pay via paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org