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#1 SpaceysChick

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:47 PM

Hey all! I hope that you are all staying warm out there.

I have a question for those who have either/or are currently had cyclophosphamide IV treatments. Have you or do you have problems with short term memory? I'm just not able to remember anything lately. My brain just basically feels like mush. I have been having to write things down, so I don't forget. and I usually write everything down anyway, and make lists, but I've never had to rely on them so much.

So... I was wondering if anyone knew if this was a side effect of the treatments? or if this has happened to any of you. OR... am I just getting older (only 30)

Thanks to anyone who might have ideas...



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Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:54 PM

Darlin' it's called chemo brain.
He he... I have it something fierce.
These are times when you get out the old fashioned brain aka post-its and a pen.
I've already gone thru two big stacks of post-its.

Don't worry your memory will come back once your off the cyclophosphamide.

hugs, penaut



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#3 SpaceysChick

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:11 PM

oh thank you peanut!!!

I seriously thought that I was going insane here...

Glad to hear it will come back..

Hope all is well with you!

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:59 PM

Here's some interesting bits on being lost in the fog:

Chemobrain: When cancer treatment disrupts your thinking and memory

Scientists Find 'Chemo Brain' No Figment Of The Imagination

foggy nut

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:48 AM

I've never had Cytoxin yet, but I have had a definite memory problem in the past few years. I also have difficulty finding words when talking with someone. Last night at dinner, it took me several tries to get words in the right order so that my sentence made sense. Thank goodness it was only family there, but the look on their faces by the time I'm done makes me sad. :(
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:05 PM

Ah, try not to feel sad Sweet! It likely just took them off guard a little if it's not been happening very often with them around. Hopefully those incidents will be very rare and far between for you, better yet not to happen again. It's always a kicker and sad when odd things seem to slip in on us and bring the thoughts we prefer not to think about back to the forefront, I know exactly how you feel. If it helps, I've been mixing my words for ages....some days if I want to say something like "the green box"...it'll come out as "the box green"!! :lol: It does fumble it's way out past my lips...just not the way I though it was in my brain and I'm not on those medications yet either. I read somewhere that word mixups happen with FM (which I also have) but who really knows why these odd things happen to us?

Good idea with the notes Peanut....for SpaceysChick and the rest of us that need it too! :D
Sending good wishes your way!

#7 SpaceysChick

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:50 PM

thanks guys! I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one, that what I'm really going thru is not a new thing and that when I struggle for words, or wonder why I'm not so clear headed.... Thanks guys!

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:24 AM

Yes I have that problem and I already had 7 treatments, only 2 left....I have 2 little kids and it;s really hard I have to write everything down, I actually forgot about my kids dentist appt. until 1 month later...LOL

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:49 AM

Kel,
At least you didn't forget your kids! :lol:

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