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6/27/11 10:19 A

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I still notice it 9 years later; allthough that could be age. Regardless, it is frustrating and hopefully it will get better for you. emoticon

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6/26/11 6:37 P

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Oddly enough I've realized this week that I can't deal with a two-page-per-week agenda. I need one page per day, otherwise my mind just doesn't compute the info. Go figure! So my favorite agenda that I had been using for years I can't use anymore (and of course that's the one I bought this year, because I knew I was returning to work...)

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6/26/11 4:24 P

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Thanks to all of you for your input and support! Believe it or not -- I FORGOT that I posted this issue until just now! I know a common "fix" for forgetting things is to keep lists ... I have always struggled with this as a habit. However, I supposed it is going to have to become a habit. I like the idea of having one dumping ground for stuff.

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6/25/11 4:33 A

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I made myself a checklist at work that I posted by my doorway, to make sure I don't forget to do things like shut down the computer and lock the filing cabinet. I had to call my co-worker yesterday after leaving so she could check my filing cabinet - because I forgot to check my checklist. ARGH. Chemobrain has been well documented, and my oncologist warned me about it as a side effect when I started chemo. I don't have it too badly, though, only when I get tired. And I have thankfully always been a list person so that's not a difficult habit for me to build onto. Routines help a lot too, and having a "dump" place to empty pockets/put purse, etc. when arriving home, and picking everything up again when I leave the next day.

And it does get better!

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6/24/11 3:48 P

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Last chemo for me was May 5th, and still experiencing chemo brain. So worried at work that I am missing something, I've gone over files 3 and 4 times. Wake up in the middle of the night and worry about things, wondering what I am missing. I know exactly how you are feeling and I hope it goes away soon.

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6/24/11 12:58 P

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The funny thing is, during chemo I thought it hadn't affected me. I wrote reminders and lists and even started a journal of how I felt every day but after a while I thought I was fine so I stopped. It really didn't affect until well into it and afterwards and yest the age thing is there too. Like walk into a room and forget why I went in there, that's been going on for a few years and before BC! lol!

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6/24/11 12:17 P

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It truly is aggravating. And I know we all are guilty of not paying attention or of thinking so far ahead we don't really watch what we are currently involved it but I really do have to take time to make lists and try to be in the moment. I blame some on aging, some on chemo brain and the rest on the world just moving so fast now!!

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6/24/11 12:00 P

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Yes it happens and it's real. It lasts long after chemo too. Stuff like paperwork, I didn't keep up on it. I forgot to do things I needed to do. Lists do help with that but not with stuff like forgetting your keys and all. Just simple things like forgetting seeing a movie on tv before or what we were doing when etc. Now it's coming back and my last chemo was Aug. 6th and I still have short term memory issues.

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6/24/11 10:00 A

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having chemo 2x I have had some memory issues, routine helps, keep things in the same place, and write things down. I hope it improves Dee, sorry it has been so difficult for you. Big Hugs! emoticon

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6/24/11 9:36 A

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It's been 4 years since I had chemo - from my experience and that of members of my support group ChemoBrain is real. Stress also can be a big factor. Then I added Parkinson's Disease which can cause memory problems. I have to write down anything I want to be sure and remember. To help myself in the long term I have been doing things to improve my memory. I am using the website Luminosity and doing lots of crosswords and other types of puzzles. I think it is helping. The brain can be retrained.

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6/24/11 8:31 A

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I didn't have chemo just radiation but "chemo fog" is well documented and is very real.

My sister had it and would forget things so she had to write herself notes. Stress is also a factor and going thru chemo and having cancer are MAJOR sressors as you know.
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6/24/11 7:34 A

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I know that they say stress kills short term memory and Lord knows I have been stressed. But these past few weeks I have been forgetting so much so often.

I lost my work keys this past week and still have no idea where they are ~ and last night I was at the gym and totally forgot my cell phone. Luckily for me I noticed this morning and someone was kind enough to turn it in to the front desk. So I have to swing by the gym to pick it up.

Have any of you noticed a difference in your memory since completing chemo? My last treatment was in September so it has been a while and I haven't noticed it until these past few weeks. Oh - wait - since my mom passed. ... hmmmmm..... maybe it is just stress.

Anyway - I hate being so forgetful!! And before you suggest that I make a list... I don't do lists! LOL! though - I may have to change that. Besides with my luck - I'd forget where I put the list :(

So - has anyone experienced this?
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