Chemo Brain- The side effect of chemotherapy

Chemo Brain – The Side Effect of Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy is one of the treatments of cancer and Chemo has several side effects from hair loss, mouth sores, fatigue and a myriad of other side effects including chemo brain. It is also referred to as chemo fog. It refers to temporal memory and cognitive problems.

I first noticed it when I went to the grocery store and couldn’t remember what I wanted to buy. It was startling as I was completely foggy. I had to discuss this with my oncology nurse, who educated more.


Symptoms I experienced:

  • Short attention span: I remember having a four minutes conversation with a friend and at the end of our conversation I couldn’t remember what we talked about.
  • Extreme forgetfulness: I remember going to the grocery store and could not remember what exactly I went to buy. This totally freaked me out.
  • Difficulty finding the right words: I would usually stop mid-sentence while having conversations because I could not find the words and in some cases, I equally forget what exactly I was going to say.

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A cancer diagnosis is very stressful already and I couldn’t comprehend this unwelcomed addition. I did all I was advised. I was able to effectively combat this side effect by doing the following:

  • I started a journal: I got a really chic notebook and would write everything from my to-do list to ordinary things I just simply wished to remember. It really helped a lot. I usually would take my journal with me everywhere I went. I wrote down everything as long as I needed to remember.
  • I stopped multitasking: I couldn’t focus on one thing at a time so it was impossible to do two things at the same time. I visited the museum of science in Philadelphia and saw an interesting piece saying multitasking is a myth, I would argue about that in a different situation, but it applied to me at the time, I totally accepted it.

Chemo Brain- Multitasking is a myth


  • Rest: I rested more, slept more and it helped a great deal.
  • engage in tasking activities: I downloaded the scrabble game from Apple store and would play the toughest challenge. It helped me a great deal.

It got better with my treatment but I still write important details in my journal. It was a tough and confusing time but perseverance and optimism is key in beating cancer.

My Bae calls it my peripheral brain😂 but it has become my lifestyle and I love it. I got entries in my journal like

Bae promised to get me a Kate Spade handbag!

Aint no way I’m forgetting that😂😂😂!




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2 thoughts on “Chemo Brain – The Side Effect of Chemotherapy

  1. msectah

    08/09/2018 at 22:25

    May God heal you completely 😍

  2. Grace Mfongang

    08/16/2018 at 18:41

    Ur healed sis😙

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