TaDA! Enter: Doctor Love.....
On Friday, she took the time to unravel the research and she explained everything in her blog. I'm pretty sure she had an extra special eye toward her audience....... the-(ahem)-brain challenged..... when Dr. Love put her words on paper. It's easy to read and it's easy to understand.
There are many comments on the blog and those comments do bring tears to my eyes. Vindicated, validated, "we aren't lying," and all other variations of that theme are peppered within the comments.
My own non-scientific observation? This stuff is FAR MORE widespread than we will ever know. Hell, it took me a very long time to realize I was underperforming. I blamed it on the work load. I blamed it on the need to constantly switch gears. I was frazzled. It never occurred to me that it might have something to do with a diminished ability.
Steve Jobs said something about connecting the dots backwards. What troubles me? There are so many components to chemobrain. I began connecting those dots and some of the "issues" seem to have worsened with time. And some of those "issues" continue to deteriorate and now, it's noticeable. Is it because I'm acutely aware of my limitations or is it because it's just getting THAT bad? I don't know.
I do know there are days, all joking aside, that I could use an assistant to guide me through basic daily tasks. And then, there are days that everything seems to be completely normal. And then again, there are aspects of my life that seem to be totally unaffected. This is weird stuff. Really, REALLY weird stuff. And, either you "get it" ...... or you don't.... and if you don't....... it defies any logical explanation so just back off and DEAL.
To steal Dr. Love's words:
we now have solid data to support what women have been saying about chemobrain—