Posts Tagged ‘chemotherapy’

Physical Exercise May Help With “Chemo Brain”

By Idelle Davidson – Physical exercise is hugely important to recover all those marbles we somehow lose during cancer treatment. Exercise increases blood flow (and oxygen) to the brain. In laboratory studies, animals that exercise regularly create new neurons in the hippocampus. That region of...
August 17th, 2010 | Editorial, News, Your Brain After Chemo | Read More

Bad Hair Days. . . Do You Complain About It?

We all have bad hair days don’t we? I know I do. But when I faced the loss of my hair during chemotherapy I swore to myself that when my hair grew back I would never complain about bad hair days again. Losing my hair was the hardest part of my cancer experience. Yes, even more difficult than...
March 11th, 2010 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Is It Ever “Just” A Headache Anymore?

The night of my first chemo treatment was one of the worst of my life running a very close second to the night my husband was killed. I remember being home alone laying on the couch when the worst headache of my life began. The pain was so intense I was crying. It was all centered right above my eyes...
March 2nd, 2010 | Life After Cancer | Read More

“Loving Our Bald Selves!”

“If we can face life challenges feeling good about ourselves, we can often meet those challenges with more clarity, more determination, and more understanding. At no time is such love of self more important than when fighting cancer. Yet many women find their love of self becomes compromised by the...
February 6th, 2010 |, Cancer Blogs | Read More

Random Acts of Cancer Kindness

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During my first cancer treatment I was scared and in pain. I wanted hope and an escape, reassurance and strength. It came in the mail. I received a hand written letter full of empathy and understanding from a guy named Brian. He had suffered from Crohn’s disease and knew what it was like to feel...
October 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Your Brain After Chemo

It wasn’t until I joined a support group after completing chemotherapy for breast cancer that I realized there was something to this thing called “chemo brain.” I had certainly experienced it: my head filled with so much fog that on bad days I couldn’t remember my own phone number. But then...
October 3rd, 2009 | Your Brain After Chemo | Read More

Are You More of a Risk Taker Since Illness?

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I often hear that people live more fully after having a life threatening illness, doing things they have never done before. Not me. Since going through cancer treatment, I have a whole new relationship to physical risk. I just cannot stand it. I used to love hiking – scrambling up rocky hillsides,...
September 25th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Did You Reinvent Your Identity to Accommodate Illness?

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In 10th grade chemistry I created 40 phonetic spellings of my first name, chose Kairol, and it stuck. (I was born with the Mrs. Brady spelling. And yes, in 1987 you coul make up whatever name you wanted and slap it on a drivers license.) So, I got curious when I recently learned Matthew Zachary, founder...
August 27th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Oral chemotherapy for brain cancer

I am truly lucky to be eligible for (what I think is probably) the easiest chemotherapy solution ever. I am treated with Temodar, a drug that came out of a clinical trial phase more than two years ago and is available to people with certain types of brain tumors. Temodar is taken orally and treatment...
August 12th, 2009 | Life During Cancer | Read More

Got any tips and tricks for cancer brain fog?

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I do.  Read this book: Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting The Fog and Getting Back Your Focus by Dr. Dan Silverman and Idelle Davidson. The best trick for cancer brain fog is to learn about it and become empowered. Your Brain After Chemo provides copious information on cancer brain...
August 6th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More