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For more than 30 years, Rich Serino spent his days caring for and protecting the residents of Boston. As one of the city’s first medics and later as the Chief of Boston EMS, he saw every type of medical emergency. Toward the end of his career in Boston, as fate would have it, he became a patient. After two serious bouts of unrelated cancer, his surgeries and treatments left him weakened. After returning to work, he recalls the fogginess of thought that cancer survivors often describe after their treatment. With time, effort, and the support of his family Rich’s energy and concentration improved. So much so, that when President Obama called for him to serve as the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Rich did what comes naturally; he answered the call and said yes.
Thinking wellness can involve learning a new skill, taking a class, reading about a new subject, or writing that novel that you have always wanted to write. This dimension of wellness is about challenging yourself, keeping your mind active, and taking action on your desire to learn and be creative.
Many cancer survivors report changes in the way they think, learn and remember things before, during and after treatment for the illness. Small tasks done with ease before a cancer diagnosis can become difficult afterwards.
There are many factors that can contribute to a loss of sharp thinking for cancer survivors, including age, the location of the cancer, stress or depression, sleep problems, and hormonal changes. Many studies have explored the link between certain cancer treatments and problems with memory and thinking.
The term “chemo brain” is used to describe foggy thinking and the difficulty with memory and concentration that survivors often describe after treatment for cancer, especially if the treatment involved chemotherapy drugs. While a definite cause is not known, the signs and symptoms of chemo brain are real and can seriously impact the quality of life for some cancer survivors.
The important thing to remember is that for many survivors, these problems get better with time. Nurturing your wellness in this area can:
If you are interested in strengthening your thinking or “cognitive” skills, here are some things to consider: