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Anyone experience issues with major short-term memory loss and total lack of ability to focus after initial diagnosis? Is it stress?

Penny Walton Profile
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Survivor since 2014 about 7 years
 
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    Yes, yes, and oh yeah!!!! This is a stressfull situation then you add meds and chemo that make the whole thing worse. Write yourself notes, take a listener to all appointments, cut yourself a lot of slack. I found meditation and later yoga helped with a lot. I think it gets better with time or I got used to the new me. My worst day was the day I forgot to feed and water my horse and chickens. That is a chore I've been doing since I got married 37 years ago. My students didn't mind when I forgot to give a test. It is OK to feel this level of stress now in awhile it will turn into strength and you will figure out what you are fighting for. We are all warriors. God Bless your journey
    about 7 years Flag
    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2014

      Marianne, ok I feel better since so far my three indoor/outdoor cats are feed & I mostly remember the other chores! But you are right I need to ease up on myself. Just full time mentally demanding job and full time, until this news a few weeks...

      mais

      Marianne, ok I feel better since so far my three indoor/outdoor cats are feed & I mostly remember the other chores! But you are right I need to ease up on myself. Just full time mentally demanding job and full time, until this news a few weeks ago, student. Too much right now. God bless you.

      about 7 years Flag
  • André Roberts Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 1 Paciente
    Yes Penny probably all of us. It's the stress that starts it, then it becomes 'chemo brain'. Sometimes I can't think of the simplest of things - like what an object is called - oh yeah, those are keys. Or the words to finish a sentence. My husband fills in the blanks as much as he can figure out. Prayers to you.
    about 7 years Flag
    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2014

      Andre,Thank you. I feel like I'm going crazy. My husband swears we discussed something this morning before breakfast and I have zero recall. He's still struggling to figure out how to help. I think my over-achiever status is now my biggest...

      mais

      Andre,Thank you. I feel like I'm going crazy. My husband swears we discussed something this morning before breakfast and I have zero recall. He's still struggling to figure out how to help. I think my over-achiever status is now my biggest downfall, expecting too much of myself. Time to go for a hike in the woods and connect with God. Return prayers to you.

      about 7 years Flag
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonimamente
      Stage 1 Paciente

      Hey Penny, I have read your bio & we are neighbors. I live in Russellville. (I wrote to you on another post as well, then I realized you were the same person I answered earlier - see, chemo brain) We are all here for you any time about anything,...

      mais

      Hey Penny, I have read your bio & we are neighbors. I live in Russellville. (I wrote to you on another post as well, then I realized you were the same person I answered earlier - see, chemo brain) We are all here for you any time about anything, but if you would like to contact me directly feel free to - that goes to anyone.
      Supermom654@gmail.com

      about 7 years Flag
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    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2012
    I didn't have chemo and I have trouble planning in advance. Lucky I'm retired so I can just go when the mood hits. I feel like I' m flying by the seat of my pants. :-) I even forgot to pay my health insurance premium one month during radiation . Not the optimum thing to do for a cancer patient. STRESS!!!!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    Oh Penny..... YES!!!! I was in a total fog. There are so many thoughts going through your head and you are in a complete panic. You first think you are looking at the way you are going to die.... ( hell NO). You have every bad movie plot and line about CANCER running through your head. As my granny would have said...."You don't know whether you are on foot or horseback." As you go through the diagnosis stage, and find out more information, you truly will get more control over your life. You will start to calm down and all mental functions will return to you. Once you get your treatment plan, it truly does bring you comfort. You KNOW how you are going to get rid of this uninvited guest. You will be ok. Try not to put more pressure on yourself by questioning your sanity. I am sure this is some kind of mental coping mechanism but rest assured, as time passes, you will get better. I was crazy, going between complete and total hysteria, and absolute despair. I was lucky enough to have a dear friend who was retired from a breast diagnostic clinic who was my life saver to sanity. Please stick with your sisters here, we have been there and got those t-shirts as souveniers. If you fall totally to pieces, you can email me anytime. This IS the most difficult time for you mentally. It is total and abject terror. Hang in there darlin' Take care, Sharon kharazi@aol.com
    about 7 years Flag
    • Penny Walton Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2014

      Sharon, pea soup anyone? My spirits are good most time, then I may have a 15 crying jag, then I'm good for a couple days. But it takes me 10 times longer to do anything and I can think of something, get up to do it, including eating, take 5 steps...

      mais

      Sharon, pea soup anyone? My spirits are good most time, then I may have a 15 crying jag, then I'm good for a couple days. But it takes me 10 times longer to do anything and I can think of something, get up to do it, including eating, take 5 steps and forget what it was! Today had been a really bad day due to memory stress. I realized I feel frantic and there has been no calm for days. I am thanking God for you all and this site, I work with all men & have for 28 years, moved to Tennessee 5 years ago (long time dream) so have no family and few girl friends here. Drowning in caring but clueless men! A million thanks & prayers to all my new sisters. Penny

      about 7 years Flag
  • kim c Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 1 Paciente
    Yes, I keep apologizing for mistakes I make at work by saying "I'm not myself lately"! Or "I have a lot on my mind"! It's been getting better though as I calm down a little. Hugs:)
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • celien thorne Profile
    anonimamente
    Paciente
    Yes ..to All! Beginning of treatment , during treatment and after treatment ! I'm an airhead all the time now! Lol
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sarah Hailes Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2A Paciente
    I have trouble with memory. I sometimes will be mid sentence and not remember what I was talking about
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • DeAwna McGinley Profile
    anonimamente
    Paciente
    YES!!! It's awful! When I was diagnosed 2 months ago I owned and ran a fast paced business that took a lot of memory and focus. Being so productive was part of what defined me - now I'm lucky if I can remember what I was talking about 30 seconds ago!! It's incredibly frustrating but I like to think that one of the lessons I'm supposed to learn through this cancer journey is to slow down and learn to find joy in each present moment - since apparently that's the only moment I can focus on right now anyhow! :)
    about 7 years Comment Flag

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