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What is Chemo Brain?
This is a term that cancer survivors use that best describes thinking and memory problems that they can call Chemo Brain, or Chemo fog, but it’s an experience that survivors know all too well.
Chemo Brain can occur even several years after their treatment has ended and can last for an unknown of time too.
The radiation patients can even have the same issues like chemo patients and experience “Chemo brain” too.

The survivors do get offended when they hear people not believe that chemo brain is real… and they want people to know.
Here are their ten reminders to anyone out there who has a survivor in their life:
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.
3. I am not crazy & I am not exaggerating. I’m being honest.
4. It feels as if you’re wearing a cap on your head that’s made of fog. And it’s impossible to remove.
5. My least favorite words are now, “You already told me that.” You don’t realize it, but it is so embarrassing to hear that.
6. I really need you to be patient with me. I know you want to snap at me but please don’t.
7. It’s not funny, it’s terrifying. You may laugh at first but after a while there is no joke anymore.
8. Chemo brain can last for years. Yeah, so we have to find a way to get used to it.
9.Being forgetful doesn’t mean I’ve lost my intelligence. So please don’t talk to me as if I won’t understand.
10. Trust me, it’s more frustrating for me than it is for you. I know it’s annoying to repeat yourself but imagine if you were me.
Do you have anything to add to their list?

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