2015-02-10

Grief Brain: Grief Affects Memory And Thinking


"My brain tends to take the scenic route. Things come to the forefront of my mind sooner or later, it just takes time." -   Richelle E. Goodrich

When my son started chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia we were warned of the many side effects that he would face.  Some were to be expected...like weakness and nausea but one we didn't know about until his diagnosis.  Cancer treatment is so toxic that it can cause a side effect called Chemo Brain.

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2015-02-03

6 Things To Do When The Bereaved Talk About Their Loss.


"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. " - William Shakespeare

I talk about my son every day.  He is still a major part of my life and identity. To not mention him would feel unnatural and stifled.  A concerted effort would have to be made on my part to avoid his name. Yet I see you stiffen uncomfortably and shift in your chair. I see you look away. I hear you change the subject.  I need you to stay and listen. I need you to be understanding and brave.