You really don't know how much cancer treatments have affected your brain until you try to read like you used to. At least this is the case for me. I was painfully reminded of this challenge after I barely failed my counseling licensure exam last week (by a measly 4 points) mostly due to a mis-reading of one question (and not for a lack of knowledge on the subject).
Before cancer treatments I could easily balance reading between 3 to 4 books at a time, and retain great amounts of information. Now, even with books I love, I find myself reading the same page 3 to 5 times before I feel I've gotten what I've read. Concentration is so hard anymore.
So this is an example of why it can be insulting to cancer survivors to be asked if we're now "over cancer", because no, you don't...even when you're cancer-free. You're never the same after the diagnosis. And I was reminded of that with that damn test I studied so hard for. A test I was prepared to take.
But I don't share that for pity. I share this because it's rarely discussed, these little fragments taken from us that are invisible to everyone else. So let's consider this as a lesson in being patient with one another, as we may never further know the battles they face.