Our community has shown us the importance of solidarity in empowering one another throughout the cancer journey--especially after treatment, when some believe the fight ends. To keep you from endlessly repeating yourselves, here's a list to share with someone who may not understand chemobrain.
Chemo Brain, or Chemo Fog, is an increasingly common experience among cancer patients and survivors. It can begin at any time during chemotherapy, even several years after treatment has ended, and last for an indefinite amount of time. Patients who received radiation therapy have also sympathized with the symptoms associated with Chemo Brain. The cancer community has repeatedly spoken up about suffering from this phenomena, but there are still doctors, friends and family who write them off. No offense to those disbelievers, but we agree to disagree with you. Chemobrain is real.
These ten reminders are for everyone who is or loves someone in the cancer community who is experiencing chemobrain. Whether you're reading this a former disbeliever, or you are reading this as someone who just found out about it. Whether you make it into a card that you distribute to people who begin to say "Chemo Brain doesn't exist" is purely optional, but we do recommend slipping in a healthy reminder to loved ones who may not know how to sympathize with your new "quirks."
1. Chemobrain is real. I don't care if my doctor doesn't say so.
2. I'm not just using it as an excuse. Trust me, I don't WANT to forget things.
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