Plagued by Nightmares
Worse yet, Shell found herself battling the paralysis again: this time, in her dreams. Gasping, Shell woke night after night, “wrenched in sweat.” She explained, “I’d been crying in my sleep because it had felt like I’d been paralysed in a dream for hours.”
Eventually, doctors were able to explain: Shell had contracted a rare side effect called neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicity essentially means that exposure to toxic, manmade substances alter nervous system activity. For Shell, this meant that her chemotherapy had tweaked her nervous system — temporarily disconnecting her mind from her limbs.