I visited the Virginia Mason Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation department today for a consult about dealing with my chemobrain symptoms.
I expected the appointment to be an introductory session: the counselor and I would spend the time recounting my cancer history, detailing my symptoms, explaining the chemobrain study in which I participated at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center last year, learning about therapy options, and discussing possible neurocognitive testing.
Turns out the Ph.D. psychologist I saw was the lead researcher for last year’s chemobrain study!
She knew me. She knew my history. She had access to my previous neurocognitive results from the trial. The available therapy options were the techniques she and her team had taught me last year.
So, we spent a VERY productive hour talking about coping strategies for my particular symptoms and situations.
Might this be cosmic payback for volunteering for clinical studies?