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Joel Banner Baird - October 2016
The surgery went well, and the chemo did it's job, so all in all Reverand Karen Mendes felt her cancer experience ended well and was reluctant to complain about the persistent fogginess over her cognitive faculties. What Mendes did not realize was this was a lingering side effect of her chemo, and that it had a name: chemo brain.
Upon returning to work as a pastor, Mendes was unable to craft weekly sermon or summon words of prayer. Mendes was recommended to a language and speech pathologist who helped identify what was happening and worked through certain exercises that helped to get Mendes closer to "normal". She learned new ways to work, such as writing her sermons at home rather than at the busy office at the church. Making certain adjustments to the way one works, following cancer, can help to address some of the lingering side effects of treatment and the cancer itself.
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Original source: www.burlingtonfreepress.com