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  •  I had chemo in my early 40's (17+ / 0-)

    After nearly 2 years of weekly (when my body could handle it) chemo, I can tell you that it is true.  Although I usually remember stuff in my long term memory from before, my short term memory is horrible.  But worse still is that something must now be a major event for me to remember it long term.  I just don't remember the little things.  

    I had a close friend that did not see me for the 5 years that I was dealing with cancer.  When she saw me for the first time after my return she could not believe the difference.  She is a chef and prior to my treatment, I could return from a restaurant and even several days later tell her what was on the menu and what the prices and details were.  Now I have trouble remembering the name of the dish that I ate and I have to guess at what the price was.  Other things on the menu... a complete blank.

    It is harder for people to notice when they see you everyday.  But in this case, we were far apart and she did not interact with me until my return after treatment.

    ...The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. - Jack London

    by dlemex on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:53:10 PM PST

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