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#Chemobrain and How to #Dealwithit

clarissashilstraby Clarissa Schilstra, CKN Editor

One day last week, I came home from work and spent the evening relaxing until my fiancé came home (he’s a chef so he came home about 6 hours after me)…I was just sitting on the couch watching something on Netflix when he walked in the door with a totally annoyed, borderline angry look on his face. I assumed maybe he had had a bad day at work, but instead he proceeded to scold me for leaving my keys in the lock of the front door. “Luckily we live in a safe building but you can’t do that Clarissa, you have to pay more attention!” My honest response: “I literally had no idea I had done it and had 100% remembered bringing them in with me, sorry!

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Late Effects: One Survivor’s Experience

StephanieZimmerman3Allow me to introduce myself. I am Stephanie Zimmerman: wife, mom, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, pediatric oncology nurse practitioner, co-founder of myHeart, yourHands, a young adult survivor of childhood cancer, and heart transplant recipient.

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Social Competence in Childhood Cancer Patients

FionaShulteby Fiona Schulte, Ph.D, R. Psych.

Meet Joe:

Joe is a 16 year-old boy who, today, is a survivor of Osteosarcoma*. He is a bright, outgoing, determined young man who had big dreams for his future. Throughout his cancer treatment he referred to himself as a ‘fighter’, a ‘survivor’ and felt proud to show his bald head off to his health care team and those he came in contact with in the Oncology Clinic waiting room and the Children’s Hospital cafeteria. After a grueling year of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor from his leg, intensive rehabilitation, followed by more chemotherapy, Joe could not wait to return to school to get back on track with following his dreams. Sadly, Joe found his return to school, and specifically, his interactions with peers were not all that he hoped they would be. Joe found that his former peer groups at school were not what he remembered them to be and he no longer knew exactly where he fit in. Physically, Joe had a hard time keeping up with his peers. Joe attempted to interact with new peers but found he said the word ‘cancer’ and he got awkward looks and did not know how to respond. And over lunch, Joe found his peers talking about things like video games and long boarding which Joe found to be immature. Joe was left feeling socially isolated and alone.

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