Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sue . . . on chemo brain. Firm Chicks (part four)

Our extended family likes to laugh, and we found reasons to laugh even during Sue's illness. Sometimes it was her own stories . . . like this one that she shares today.

Here is Sue . . . on chemo brain.

At one of my treatments my oncologist asked me if I had “chemo brain” yet?

“What is chemo brain?” I asked.

"You will know when you have it." was his reply.

One of the benefits of having cancer was people kept giving me stuff—meals, pies and lots of really great gifts.

I had written a bunch of thank you notes and had them all ready to mail. I took them to the mailbox at the church where I work. I got out of the car and went to the mailbox. As I was walking into the church I realized something was tucked under my arm. I looked down and saw all my thank you cards. I remembered opening and closing the mailbox and putting up the red flag. What in the world had I put into the mailbox.

I went back and opened the mailbox…..and there was my Starbucks coffee drink.

THAT is chemo brain!

Linking to Jen and the Soli Sisters.


  1. Hi Sue - I can't comment often but wanted you to know I've read all your posts and have "enjoyed" them. It's been my experience the caregiver gets chemo brain too -wry smile-. It's difficult, planning for the future and preparing for the end. I know we only have the breath in our bodies but, most days, it's overwhelming; at least it is for me and I believe, truly, God's promises and the Bible.

  2. Sue, Sometimes we need to laugh, it can just break the tension of the trajic circumstances we are dealing with.

    Yes laughter CAN at times be the best meicine.


    Art by Karena

  3. Funny!! I have always LOVED Sue's stories.

  4. when i heard you were writing this series, one of the first things i asked was -- has she told that story about the coffee in the mailbox?

  5. I find people's astonishing capacity for humour in the face of adversity just wonderful. Thank you so much, Glenda, for sharing Sue's story.


  6. Oh that is a funny story! Thank you for sharing it. Glenda, I found your blog yesterday, as I told you on a commnet on your Cannon Beach post, but I also read your post about the book "One Thousand Gifts" and began to read it last night.
    Ann Voskamp writes with such honesty and clarity, thank you for sharing about the book.

    God is good. Be thankful. Oh to live this out loud!!!


  7. Funny, my friend
    Kathleen and I were
    talking about that
    very thing this weekend!
    Thankfully, she just
    has normal "fog" now,
    like the rest of us : )
    Sue is a gem.
    xx Suzanne

  8. How cute! Sue is a winner. So are you, Glenda.

  9. Good chuckle! for pete's sake, don't give your Starbucks to the mailman ;)
    What refreshing posts concerning such a heart wrenching subject. Thanks for posting, Glenda!


  10. chemo brain sounds like my Fibro fog! Thanks for the laugh!

  11. And now I must go back and read more from Sue. Glenda, you always know the good people.

  12. This is the first post I've come across from Sue. I walked with my dear friend Sue, through her battle from diagnosis through chemo. Cancer is so stupid. I'm glad you've invited your Sue here to laugh in its stupid face.

  13. That. is. excellent. :)
    Love your sense of humor in spite of it all...

  14. You crack me up. Love the humor you infuse into life.

  15. Well I think we all have it. I mave searched for something only to find it in the fridge. We have too much on our minds today.

  16. Sue {and Glenda} what a fun is it possible this is like Mommy brain or Preggo brain? Thanks for the laughs and the other two posts...reminding me of how much I need to pray for those I know in the thick of this to you both:}

  17. Oh I love this and love that she is willing to laugh at herself. She is beautiful too!

  18. What an angel. I too love that she is willing to laugh.

  19. Hey Glenda, I think that chemo brain is catching. I have similar issues!!! lol...

  20. husband put his coffee cup on the top of the car, pulled out of the driveway and down the road a tiny bit then reached for his coffee. It was still on the roof, unspilled and unbroken. We had great laughter over that, too.

  21. Back when my husband took chemo, I never heard the term chemo brain, although it happened.

    I believe having a sense of humor helps to get through these tough times. During the time my husband was taking chemo, my sister-in-law worked for a group of oncologists in another town. She came for a visit and brought John a t-shirt with a bald indian on the front and the words "Chemo-sabi". Some people might not appreciate it, but we got a big laugh from it.


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