Welcome to the machine

This last Monday, 28th September 2020, was my fourth Chemo session and I woke up in a really gritty mood. I didn’t want to go for it, my whole body was yelling, “No!” And the reason for my mood was that there is no elastic in the medical procedure, no place to question whether myContinue reading “Welcome to the machine”

Chemo and when isolation hit like a tsunami

I’m midway through Chemotherapy and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to write about when the isolation suddenly crashed in on me. I have lived alone for years and am something of a recluse, so I’m no stranger to living with my own company and even being alone for days on end, but thenContinue reading “Chemo and when isolation hit like a tsunami”

My carers and my personal and intimate Chemo Fog rules to keep me alive

My closest Primary Carers are my brother, Terry, and my sister in law, Pam, who live opposite me and have vast experience in the world of drugs and keeping people safe. It becomes a life skill that is never forgotten. Pam asked me if there were any rules I could share with them to makeContinue reading “My carers and my personal and intimate Chemo Fog rules to keep me alive”

What the Fog?

My old and dear friend Lesley has been digging around on our behalf and if you have a hankering to understand more about Chemo Fog or Chemobrain, there are many sites out there to help. This general site discusses – Cognitive Effects of Cancer Treatment: Chemobrain and how to Treat It. And – Chemo BrainContinue reading “What the Fog?”

Into the heart of denial – part the deux

Those whose memories stretch as far back as yesterday may recall the following: “Today I have taken a beating from the arrogance of the medical profession in not just dismissing my experience of Chemo Fog, but by denying its existence.” To my face! Not only did a medical expert choose to force my head underContinue reading “Into the heart of denial – part the deux”

Into the heart of denial

Today I have taken a beating from the arrogance of the medical profession in not just dismissing my experience of Chemo Fog, but by denying its existence. Curious then, that I came across it expressed in the lives of others and thus used it as a common term. My own profession has a distinct advantageContinue reading “Into the heart of denial”

Learning to live with the effects (side effects) of chemotherapy

This is a slightly risky, perhaps presumptuous, post to write, given the paucity of experience in my chemo journey where I am a mere toddler taking my first tentative steps. However, it is written in the knowledge that whilst it could be wildly in error, something only more experience can rectify, it is real. TheContinue reading “Learning to live with the effects (side effects) of chemotherapy”