I just saw this headline: “Studies say chemotherapy causes brain damage.”
I immediately thought of Adam.
Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December of 2001. The doctors did everything they could, but Adam died 2½ years later. He was 32.
At different times during his treatment, Adam had brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and I don’t know what else. I don’t know which of those things, or what combination, caused the brain damage, but he had brain damage. He found it difficult to read, he couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes, and his balance and coordination were damaged. And he lost his memory.
One day, I don’t remember exactly when, or even whether I was in
Max, it’s Adam.
And he told me how he had lost his memory and how he was piecing it back together person by person and that Dan had just talked about me and Adam had remembered me. Now Adam wanted help remembering
I don’t remember much, Max. But I remember that we worked together and I remember that you were a lot of fun to be out with.
I think we talked for about 45 minutes. Adam asked me questions about our office and the people and who sat where. He asked me how we had met, and he remembered that we had stayed out till 4 a.m. the night before his first day at work. We talked about the places he knew in
I don’t think about Adam that often anymore. It’s nice to get a bit of my past back too.