Barb’s mother didn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia. And she was just 62. But still, she clearly wasn’t “all there.”
Barb told me they were once talking about a minor car accident on their street. Her mum asked, “Was the moon one of the cars in that accident?”
Barb said, “The moon?” Then her mum laughed… “Oh no. That couldn’t be.”
On another day, her mum announced, out of nowhere… “A maraschino cherry takes 10 years to digest!”
That was more than 25 years ago. Back then, I doubt anyone had conceived of the term “chemobrain.” But, since she was being treated for lung cancer, that’s probably what was happening.
Today, chemobrain is more formally known as “post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment” (PCCI). But whatever term you use, don’t be surprised if your doctor has never heard of it.