CHEMOBRAINS

A common treatment for colorectal cancer and desmoid tumors is chemotherapy, and a common side-effect of chemo treatments is chemo brain. For years the scientific basis of this condition was dismissed, and patients were told the symptoms were caused by anxiety or otherwise being exaggerated. But the phenomenon of chemo brain has been scientifically proven as a side effect of the toxicity of chemo drugs.

In this section, survivors who have received chemo and experienced chemo brain symptoms share their stories, comic or tragic, as a little affirmation to those going through it. We really hope you’ll remember to check back for tales from the spacey. If you received chemo treatment for your colon cancer or desmoid tumor and would like to share a chemo brain story here, please email us at yo@destinationxride.org.

KIMBERLY. STAGE 3 RECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 34. FLORIDA.

Chemo brain. Yep, a likely excuse and one I use often. As a young survivor of Stage III rectal cancer diagnosed at age 34, it’s my go-to for everything from forgotten grocery items to missed birthdays and generally anytime thoughts are fleeting and words evade me....

CHRISTINA. DESMOID TUMORS/FAP/SMALL INTESTINE TRANSPLANT.

Last week I made plans with this lovely woman Arlene. She used to be Quinn's daycare teacher before he started school. We stayed in touch and I visit her every now and then. So the day comes when I am supposed to be at her house. I get a call from her and I apologize....