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"Cogno" Smogno

All of my life I have been able to gain employment and keep employment. Then diagnosed in 2012 and I'm living in a smog now. I am finally able to recognize it. I'm not the superwomen I use to be. I cannot interview for positions for which I am qualified for. So now what? if I apply for something I am less qualified for, it will only bring my self esteem lower than it's ever been. After so many interviews I have had, how do I feed my family now? Is there any medication I can take to enhance my cognitive difficulties? I'm bored with being home. When I was at the top of my game I was known as a powerhouse and brilliant. My colleagues use to look up to me, now I am nothing but a whiney always complaining marshmallow. All I can say is that living in this fog is no fun at all. I know all the answers and I prepare myself prior to interviews and then I get on the phone and bungle it every time. What is wrong with me?

  1. Hi Cheryl,
    I'm sorry that you are going through this right now. You could talk to your neurologist about working with a neuropsychologist for cognitive rehabilitation. Perhaps there are specific things you could do to help maximize your abilities. Also, there is a medication for fatigue (Nuvigil) that some patients report helps them to think more clearly. It's worth asking your doctor about that or other drug options.
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      I'm sorry I don't have any answers for you, but I feel your pain. It's not fun and it's super hard to realize your abilities are fading. That has happened to me just this year and I was diagnosed 15 years ago. I lost a good job and am having trouble finding a new one. It is discouraging, but I keep my head up and keep trying. To make matters worse, I am 49 and after putting off finishing college to marry and have a family, I finally finished school this year, while still working, and now it feels that the degree will be worthless cause I cannot find a job, lol.

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