Jul 08, 2011 - 11:09 am
'Your Brain After Chemo' by Dan Silverman, MD, PhD is a God-send. The worst side effect of all of this for me has been brain fog aka 'chemo brain' that my doctors and family don't give much credit to. But I know that it has been very, very real for me and the primary reason that I haven't returned to work. I don't feel like I'm sharp like I used to be and I'm definitely not at the top of my game.
It's gotten MUCH better since treatment ended in January of this year but remains annoying beyond words . . .just not crippling like it used to be. I have recently begun interviewing for jobs again and I can't think quickly when confronted with: "Tell us about a previous missed opportunity and what you learned from it." UGH!!!!
Another dilemma is whether or not to even mention my cancer in interviews. I was fired (for the first time in my LIFE) two days after I was diagnosed with cancer.) It's a small city of 100,000 and I feel like I need to tell the truth to potential employers . . .but I don't feel that bringing up my cancer is appropriate in interviews and it may work against me.
Good news? I've been called back for a second interview with a strong company in a coveted sales territory management position. Although, I don't remember what the hell I told them in the first interview 2 weeks ago, they must have liked it. Maybe I can wing it in this second one enough to get the job. :) :)
Which brings me back to the book mentioned above. I bought it yesterday and it truly validates what I am feeling. I wanted you all to know that it's out there as well as another one called 'After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life' by Wendy Harpham, MD.