I have stage 4 breast cancer diagnosed in 11/2012. I feel like all of my varied treatments have caused major memory issues. I have a masters degree and worked as a Physician Assistant before my diagnosis. I am only 48 years old and get very frustrated at times because of my memory. I no longer work for multiple reasons, but one of the major ones was I was afraid I would make a mistake with one of my patients due to my memory issues. Is there anything any of you could recommend?
I need to tell people that I used to be a very intelligent person. I have to hunt for words and even names of people close to me. I can come up with words close to what I want to say, but not the exact word that fits what I want to express. I find that puzzles and brain games help, but I understand your frustration. Best wishes to you. I’ll pray for your memory to get better.
I feel exactly the same way and I don’t really know what to do about it. My kids are really not old enough to remember when I was intelligent and didn’t have to search for words all of the time. I know it could be much worse, but I still miss having a mind in working order.
I’m sorry to say that I still have cognitive impairment from chemo and its been 7 yrs. Like you, Hmoorepa I had to quit my job because I couldn’t remember what to do or retain anything and I worked for the state and dealt with a lot of serious administration details. I actually quit before they fired me, yes! it was that bad. I quit because I fully intended to go back and couldn’t have if I was fired. I have so many health issues related to the chemo and radiation, numerous surgeries etc. Sometimes I wonder if it was worth it.