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Have you or someone you love been through chemo?

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If so, did you notice a change in how you memorize things? Is your short term memory screwed up?
I've noticed that since chemo, my short term memory is really really bad. I can put something down and then seconds later forget where I put it.
In the year after I finished my chemotherapy, it was really bad. I'd say something to my husband, then seconds later forget if I said it so id say if again. Same with questions. I'd ask a question then forget the answer in seconds and even if I asked it!!
Before chemo , it wasn't like this.
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:43 AM
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javakitty2011
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

yep, chemo brain. First couple years were terrible. I still have some short term retention problems after 13 years. I write stuff down all the time or I forget

justinnaimee
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM
My mom has. She says the memory loss is very significant.
lovemymini
by Emerald Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

My dad went though chemo and radiation 36 years ago.  He doesnt have any memory issues.

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littlelamb303
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

My mother was on chemo and it did a lot of bad things to her(made her get sick, lost weight , memory problems). . It was not a good experience for her.  I hope you have a better outcome.

Roo1234
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM
my former boss had breast cancer and went through chemo. for the next three years ( until I left the job) I was pretty much her memory for everything work related and often nagged her about the personal things she needed to remember as well.
Princess_s21
by Sarah on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

 In the last few years I had my Dad go through chemo and a friend, they both had as they call it "chemo brain" in the period where they were having chemo and within the first 6 mths to a year after chemo where it is still really a strong presence in your body............they dont now now though.

myempyreofdirt
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Not me, but my mother. Yes, I noticed that with her. Concentration could be an issue for her as well. Some days were better than others. It seemed to depend somewhat on how she was feeling physically. The nausea and fatigue made it worse sometimes. I can't speak to long term though, she passed away in 2002.
KaylinC03
by Platinum Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

My mom went through chemo and her memory declined as well- I remember asking the cancer specialist at her treatment center about it and he said it was a common side effect.

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