Memory issues

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    Soraya Porter

      I’m new to the course and whilst I don’t have issues such as Dyslexia, I do get ‘Fibro fog’ quite badly. This means that my memory is very hit and miss – I remember something one day, forget it for three days, its back again on the 4th and gone again on the 5th – for example. It also disappears under any kind of stress – even if its only stress I’m putting on myself to remember.

      I’m not quite sure how I find a work around for this – it doesn’t matter what the format is – text, sung etc, its just like someone has hit the erase button. So far, the only way I get around this issue in work situations is to write lists so that I can actually physically read the list – even then that doesn’t always work.

      This would seem to go against the whole idea of memorising a story though – any suggestions?


        Hi Soraya,

        Welcome to the course. I’m not qualified to give any advice on the cognitive difficulties connected fibromyalgia. However, you do mention that in your own case, writing lists can help – would keeping the journal, as per the Bardic Course, be similar to keeping a list? One thing I would say is that you shouldn’t feel under any kind of pressure or stress about this. One of the beautiful things about the BDO courses is that everyone can work through them at an individual pace. From what little I know about ‘fibro fog’, being stressed and under pressure can actually worsen things, so it would be better to avoid a ‘vicious circle’ so to speak. The BDO courses include a lot of work on meditation techniques, which obviously include relaxation techniques, too – perhaps they might help?

        In my own case, I tend to remember things better if I can visualise them, dispensing with ‘words’, as it were. There are also a couple of other threads in this forum in which people have been discussing memory and memorisation, so those may be of some use to you as well.

        Sorry if I can’t be of greater assistance.


        Karin Rainbird

          I tend to read the story aloud and record my own voice, then play it back so I can listen to the story, then make notes of names (they are what I struggle with remembering most), and note down any other key “facts” of the story that I might forget. I also visualise the story as I read/listen to it, and think about how the characters feel, as I often remember images and feelings better than words.

          Karin Rainbird

            Also, start with just remembering and telling a section of teh story. The Mabinogion stories and the story of Talieson for example are all quite long and complex, and often include several stories stuck together, so just choose one section (e.g. the story of how Gwion Back becomes Taiesin, rather than the whole story of when he later becomes award). Or Pwyll’s encounter with Arawn and exchange of places in Annwfn, and ending on when he returns to his kingdom. Later lear the story of how he meets Rhiannon as a another story.

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