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Hi all, I was chatting with my mother in law this morning (she's battling stage 4 BC) and she was really sad because she has become so forgetful.  She actually accidentally threw away her bag of medication instead of her bag of take out food the other day.  I was wondering if you all wouldn't mind sharing some funny chemo brain stories to make her feel better?

My last chemo brain story:  I had gone to target and walked out with four bags.  I went home with two.  For some reason I left the other two in the cart - I even put the cart away!  Luckily when I went back to the store no on had stolen them.  

Thomas, Liane sent you a hug.
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I’ll never forget the time my chemo-brained guy took a walk to the outdoor greenmarket on East 47th Street and bought some fresh carrots and greens. Desiring a raw carrot the next day, he discovered after about an hour of fruitless and increasingly frantic searching that he’d put the vegetables in the hall coat closet, and his basball cap in the refrigerator’s crisper. Stefanie, tell your mother-in-law that I’ve about 50 more anecdotes similar to this - some not very funny. Like the time he left a parcel of rare books in a local sandwich shop, never to be seen again......So, don’t feel too bad!
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That's a good one! I've actually put my wallet in the fridge in a non-chemo brain moment. Thanks for sharing, Susan.
My brain wasn't affected by chemo but it was under enormous stress while Thomas was battling osteosarcoma - I put a bag of craft beads in the oven and my mobile phone in the freezer. Oops!! :*)
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Oh no, I hope your phone was okay!
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I was lucky - it was in the freezer for over 2 hours .. it wouldn't turn on that day but the next day it did!
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Aww, I'm sorry your Mil has to go through that but it seems MBC is being turned into a chronic disease now! Ok... let's see.....I don't know if I can blame this on chemo brain but I cannot tell you how many times: I'm standing at the counter and instead of pouring the pills from my pill box into my hand, I dump the 8 ounce bottle of water in my hand! Give your Mil a hug from me, and a hug for you too.
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LOL, that is a funny one! Thanks for sharing, Marcia!
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Happy birthday week!
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Four year remission anniversary

I’m officially in my fourth year of remission. Seems like the further away it gets the less I think about it, which is probably a good thing!  I just don’t want to fall into complacency and not remember to cherish the time I have.

Still do a twice a year blood work and oncology visit but lately they’ve been more like social visits which is nice.  My stomach doesn’t clench  when I see the hospital anymore!

I’ve got a lot of strong women around me. My mom, who also has follicular NHL, is still in watch and wait. My mother in law, who’s fighting her second round of breast cancer, is still doing well.  

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for, including this group here who helped me through a dark time. Cancer sucks, keep fighting everyone! 


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I'm so glad to read your triump!! and many years of health to come!
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Enjoy your anniversary- go out and celebrate!
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Yay for 4!!
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Congratulations on your remission anniversary Stefanie!!!!
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Whooop whooop! Fabulous! Hugs :*)
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Congratulations to you - and all those other awesome women in your life - for being such strong survivors. SO HAPPY for all of you! 💐🎶🎈🎉
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Yay and congratulations Stef!! A woman I worked with recently told me she has Follicular NHL and her Dad also had it. He had it before Rituxin came about. And how is that lil guy of yours?
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He's doing great, thanks for asking! Loving school, which is a nice change. I definitely think there is a genetic factor to fNHL, they just haven't identified it yet. There are too many people in one family getting it. How are you doing?
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I'm good thank you. August 29th was 7 years. I didn't remember until late at night, lol!😘
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February 25, 2015


January 23

Cancer Info

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma


February 24, 2015

Stage 3

over 6.1


the unknown

Prayers and good wishes

offer to clean some dishes, bring dinner. basically help my husband please.

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

August 5, 2015

Nausea, fatigue, lower back pain, night sweats


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