Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Chemo Brain -


There are many kinds of chemotherapy and this man's method of reception was different than mine, but I find this article fascinating on the subject of chemo brain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/health/01case.html?th&emc=th


People, who have been through chemo, as he says, do know there is something magical about it, something shared that is hard to articulate. I thought of it as presence, an opportunity to be present and enchanted with every moment of life. He uses the word focus. I wondered if when one only has the energy for living that everything else pales in comparison. You feel so alive, even, yes, as you sometimes feel really miserable. I still have the odd thing with the nerve endings in my toes though my last chemo treatment was over three years ago. I keep thinking one day it will go away or not. It is a little reminder, a little note to remember to appreciate the moments of life, and yet, I do get angry and impatient. I am judgmental and hasty and dismissive at times. I don't watch every sunrise and sunset. I also know that, in my case, some of the fuzziness has remained. I am not able to think as I was before and perhaps that, too, is a good thing. I love the work of Monet.


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