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Chemo Brain Help Suggestion

JanJan63's picture
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Maybe just a bit of help. I had a crappy memory for faces and names before I had cancer but now I have an excuse. Anyway, what bothred me the most was not getting my words. I'd struggle for the right word that I knew very well. I found it embarassing and uncomfortable. It got to the point where people would just start talking again instead of waiting for me to find the word or I'd come up with somethng stupid like 'the thing to take the tops off cans' for the can opener. So frustrating.

So my daughter got me playing this game on my phone called WordScapes. I've been playing for a couple of months now and am addicted. There is a cheat page that I sometimes have to use or I'd have to give up the game but for the main part I get the answers myself. I have to say that's it's really sharpened me up. I now rarely struggle for the right word. Only occassionally does that happen. I feel so much more confident now when I talk to people. I think it's helped a bit with my memory, too.

I posted about it on my cancer group facebook page and one woman said that her son is in therapy and the game was suggested to him by the therapist. I don't know what the issue is for him but I thought that was interesting. 

So, a suggestion to help with chemo brain. 


Steelkiwi686's picture
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Joined: May 2019

Hey Thank you !

I’ll give it a try. It’s hard for me to believe it when I’m struggling to find words and often do as you said like give a giant description of the word I’m trying to say. It’s always surprising to me. 

I could use a little mental exercise and this sounds fun and helpful. 


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Joined: Apr 2018

There are more times than I would like to admit that I can't think of the right word for something too! And I can't think of somebodies name either lol. I will definitely give it a try!

Trubrit's picture
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When I was at my worst, my brain would make up words, and I knew it, which was so very embarrasing. 

Once, while talking to my sons, I was asking for one of them to get something from the kitchen. I could not for the life of me think of the word, so out of my mouth came 'Ticki ticki'.  Of course, my boys laughed, which is bad enough, but worse when it is an aquaintance or a stranger. 

I will look up your Wordscapes game.  My husband and I have WORDSEARCH, best on an iPad becasue its bigger. But anything that challenges the brain, has to be good. 

I am happy to hear that you feel mentally stronger.  Keep it up. 


Annabelle41415's picture
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I'm terrible with names too.  Not so much finding the right word, but sometimes finding the right way to say things.  I've heard of that game too so I'll have to try it out.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I'm sure that can help others, like you said, that don't even have chemo brain.  So glad you found something that helps.


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