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  •  Hard Diary To Read (11+ / 0-)
    The second is that I have much more difficulty maintaining my concentration; I am much more distractible than I used to be. I've always kept daily to-do lists, and now I need them more than ever. Where it shows up most is in the too-small-to-list sort of task--such as when I decide I need something from another room, get up to get it, and then once I arrive in the place I need to find it, I have forgotten what I wanted in the first place. That one is usually resolved by retracing my steps, literally or mentally. It's still annoying.
    I make lists of lists ....

    Not cause I am forgetful, but just cause there are so many things I want to do. Taking away this from me would be the worse thing the world could do to me.

    You are in my thoughts!

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    by webranding on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:53:42 PM PST

    •  Thanks, webranding, for your good wishes. (6+ / 0-)

      It's troublesome but tolerable for me.

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      by peregrine kate on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:10:57 PM PST

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      •  PKate thanks for this info. (6+ / 0-)

        I had not seen it.

        I'm told I had chemo brain off and on. I guess while I was getting chemo, especially during the first two rounds, I was busy concentrating on just holding on, getting rest and being quasi-functional.

        Going back to feeling "normal" after my last chemo (last March) has been a whole process of re-evaluation.

        But I'd sort of blamed all the missed connections in my brain synapses on age. I think there's a big difference between being in the early fifties and being in your late fifties for info recovery.

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        by murasaki on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:32:40 PM PST

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        •  Could be compounded by age; not clear we know (5+ / 0-)

          enough about the phenomenon to tell. Though surely it is a harder process of recovery the older we get in other ways, so this one  makes sense then too.

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          by peregrine kate on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:01:18 PM PST

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