Welcome back concentration!
Something marvelous is happening with my brain. I am finally at a point where I can concentrate on things again. Mainly words that I’m reading. Let me tell you something. Chemo brain is a very real and very frustrating phenomenon. I guess that, mixed with early menopause from chemo, has contributed to the fuzziness of the last year of my life. I noticed a number of changes after treatment. My ability to retain information was pretty much gone. Someone would tell me something and unless I wrote it down I’d forget it almost instantly. Names, dates, times, words. Everything. I started carrying around a little calendar book and writing everything in there and that helped out a lot! That way I could look at what was going on each day and also cross things off as I did them. I felt more in control of what was going on in my life that way. Another change was that when I would read books, or heck, even a very short sentence or paragraph it was like my eyes would fog over and I couldn’t remember what words I had just read at all, nevertheless what they all meant. The last few days I have noticed with exciting clarity that suddenly I am retaining information again! I can read a whole article on something or a chapter in a book and I know what all the words are! They are clear in my mind and I process the information that they give me so much faster than I did even six months ago! It was such a cool feeling to realize what was happening! My brain fog is finally lifting! HURRAH! I still have a little trouble staying tuned in to conversations, but that could just be because I’m bored, haha! Just kidding. It’s all connected, but I can see it getting better and it’s so much fun to watch. I’m proud of my brain for getting those neurons fired up again! It’s taken awhile but I can feel little sparks going off in my head as words are suddenly strung together to form sentences, and sentences come together to make paragraphs, and paragraphs suddenly transform into entire books before my very eyes. Not just books… information. And not just any information, but information that I retain. Welcome back concentration. It’s good to have you home.