My first validation and the beginning of my quest to understand what may have happened to my brain came from a book. Your Brain After Chemo is an invaluable source of information and as a result of this blogging adventure, I have become friends with one of its authors. Idelle Davidson reached out to me almost a year ago. She is a real writer. I was and still am, the court jester in this chemobrain gig.
Life is filled with all sorts of "moments" and seeing the email from Idelle was among those thrilling life moments . Not only had she validated my brain issues when I purchased her book in 2009 when it was FIRST published, she validated me, as a writer, in her email-in 2011. Idelle is now my friend. If you were to look through some of the comments on this blog, you will see the jokes about Abbott and Costello. She's Bud. I'm Lou. There will be a chemobrain version of "Who's on First."
I AM going somewhere with this. Last week, Idelle sent a message in the world that is twitter. Someone left a comment on her blog. I have LONG suspected that the number of people who struggle with cognitive issues and other types of impairment that prevents them from functioning at their pre-cancer levels is FAR greater than anyone will ever be able to accurately calculate. The following is a comment that was left on Idelle's blog. It was left there last week. I'm going to reprint the comment here and if you are so inclined, maybe you can jump over to Idelle's blog if you want to leave some words of encouragement for this woman. When you read it, you will understand why the person did not leave a name.
Below you will find a link to the post and the comment in case you want to reach out. And speaking of reaching out, I deviated from my usual pattern. I normally respond to the comments left here. Individually. The past three blog posts, nada. No interaction. I've read the comments and I have some acknowledgements that I will make. Hopefully before I have to get out of Dodge on Wednesday morning. Read: I have an out of town meeting and I will be gone from Wednesday until Friday .
Suffice to say, I've been involved in a fairly "you are in over your head" project and I will see just how far over my head I am before the end of this week. And then, life will go back to normal. Until the next thing. (If you must know, "the next thing" is preparing for the NYC Avon Walk and how I am going to take the Hilton by storm on October 19, single-handedly, if necessary--my volunteers aren't stepping up.... just my one, always there, go to person)
Back to PEOPLE First....... This is the reality of chemobrain. This is what I try to joke about. This is why it's NOT funny. This is why we simply MUST change the course of this disease. No one should feel like this woman. A sister survivor. She could use some encouragement.
This link should take you right to the comment. The blog post was written by Idelle two years ago. The comment is reprinted here..... Who among us can't relate? I want to roam the streets of Southern California and find this woman to give her a giant hug. Except, she is hiding. In fear of losing her job. Like I said, the stuff extends far beyond what is reported.....