Where Did My Memory Go? | Chemo Brain

Chemo Side Effects

Memory by Elise Partridge

Where is the word I want?

in the thicket,
about to pinch the
berry, my fingerpads
close on
I can hear it
scrabbling like a squirrel
on the oak’s far side.

Word, please send over this black stretch of ocean
your singular flare,
your topaz in the mind’s blank.

I could always pull the gift
from the lucky-dip barrel,
scoop the right jewel
from my dragon’s trove….

Now I flail,
the wrong item creaks up
on the mental dumbwaiter.

No use —
it’s turning
out of sight,
a bicycle down a
Venetian alley —
I clatter after, only to find
gondolas bobbing in sunny silence,
a pigeon mumbling something
I just can’t catch.


What causes ‘chemobrain’? It’s time for neuroscientists to get serious about finding out, experts say

What Can You Do If You Are Experiencing “Chemo Brain”?

  • Avoid distraction
  • Ask people to repeat information
  • Practice tasks
  • Write down information
  • Use a daily organizer
  • Keep a journal
  • Post reminders
  • Get organized
  • Exercise your memory
  • Manage stress
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Increase physical activity
  • Use mnemonic devices (a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering)
  • Do crossword puzzles
  • Ask for help

Sometimes these things helped and other times nothing helped.

 Dr. Dan Silverman, reveals, “the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment, people report problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and word retrieval.

Silverman and Idelle Davidson combine cutting-edge science and true stories to demonstrate that chemo brain is not a figment of your imagination.

With its invaluable strategies and straightforward nine-step program specifically tailored to re-energizing the brain, Your Brain After Chemo gives patients the coping skills to move on with their lives.”

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