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30 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be in Chemo

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There’s nothing fun about going through chemotherapy, the treatment that’s used to destroy cancer cells. It’s a constant cycle of going to appointments, getting your blood drawn, accessing your port and having meds delivered into your body. Some chemo sessions last half an hour, while others can take as long as four hours. Most cycles range from two to six weeks, while others can last from four to six months.

Then there are the side effects of chemo, like experiencing chemo brain (being unable to remember things), hair loss, nausea and fatigue. In other words, chemo isn’t something to look forward to, and these memes show the honest reality of what it’s like to be in treatment.

Coping with Chemo Brain


When posting on instagram cancer survivors show all their power, resilience and how they resist all the pain they suffer. To appear authentic they give insights into their dark moments of fear, pain and suffering. But that’s mostly physical issues and death fear. What people don’t like to talk about is chemobrain. No doubt chemo affects your brain cells. Certain ones can pass the blood brain barrier and cause irreversible damage. Cisplatin is the most popular one causing these side effects. Chemobrain causes us to forget things we already said, makes remembering a real challenge… I for example got only little memory of the life before cancer. Seriously there’s not much I can remember in detail. Furthermore my body is sensitive to stress. Any pressure causes me to get nervous and start sweating immediately. Worst thing to me is still the memory and functionality of the brain. Whereas in the past I could have read a scientific text a few Times and remember almost all details, now I need to reread every complex phrase to get a grasp of it, not remembering it when I finished. To me this kind of handicap is the worst to acknowledge as it’s a weakness other’s can barely understand nor show consideration for it. I’m really glad @ihadcancer adresses this issue as I think amongst all those strong social media cancer thrivers it’s a deficiency nobody wants to talk about… Thanks for that ❤ #Repost @ihadcancer (@get_repost) ・・・ Say it with us: “I am not using #chemobrain as an excuse!” ???? Do you agree with us that #ChemoBrainisReal? #chemofog #chemo #memoryloss #sideeffects #cognitiveimpairment #chemotherapy #survivors #PCCI #CRCI #brainfog #resilience #fear #pain #mentalhealth #invisible #disability #limited . . . . .

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brain has left chemo brain meme

via Hazel Simons Pinterest


i knew that chemo brain meme

via Tammy Miller Pinterest


via whatnext


dogputer forgetful meme

via quickmeme

Trying to Accept Hair Loss


mr owl hair loss chemo meme



hair loss save on shampoo chemo meme

via memedroid


Getting Through Bouts of Nausea


diarrhea constipation chemo meme

via imgflip


vomit is coming meme

via imgflip


nausea i hate you meme

via memegenerator

Losing Your Sense of Taste


chemo no longer recall taste of strawberries

via quickmeme


taste buds back chemo meme

via Tammy Miller Pinterest


tell me of this taste meme

via colesvillebw

Facing Your Fears


chemo warrior

via Melissa Friel Pinterest



this is chemo

via Melissa Friel Pinterest


calvin hobbes human spirit chemo meme

via DeAnna Anton Pinterest

Battling Fatigue


tired just tired meme

via 50-best


tired personality meme

via imgflip


i will nap here meme

via relatably


go to sleep tired meme

via chucklesnetwork

Waiting for Results


test results office meme

via adventuresinlivingterminallyoptimistic


so my wait begins meme

via mojo-ad


busy with other patients meme

via morelikecantcer

Thinking Random Thoughts


chemo groupon meme

via Colleen Dirk Pinterest



chemo sucks meme

via klaudia Pinterest


chemo superpowers meme

via Colleen Dirk Pinterest


#chemo had to meme it.

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