I finished chemo 6 years ago this month and I am still dealing with neuropathy. Unlike the author of this article I didn't have the numbing and tingling while I was going through the chemo. Or maybe it's possible that because I generally felt like crap that whole time, I couldn't tell that it was happening too?! I have taken Nortriptyline for 5 years now...not really sure how much it helps? I kind of feel like I have just gotten used to the constant pain?! I may mention Effexor to my oncologist when I see her next?!
You have told my very story! I too had chemo 5 years ago. Too often I "bumble" my words and it is embarrassing!! I put things in "safe places" only to never remember where that safe place is!! I teach preschool and keeping on track with my lesson plans, what's done and what still needs to be done has really been difficult for me! I am thankful to have an assistant that keeps me on task!! I know this is all a result of chemo brain! It's unfortunate that the medical community isn't willing to acknowledge this as a long term side effect! It's also difficult to share this with non survivors ....they just don't get it!! We are alive and
I am a huge crier and it only got worse when I was diagnosed 5 years ago! I cried every time anyone tried to talk to me about my diagnosis! Funny though, after all I've been through, bi-lateral mastectomy, 8 rounds of chemo and Diep reconstruction, now I can finally talk about it all without crying! I am still emotional with my family but most of them are criers too!! We all support each other! :)