Saturday 19th April 2014,
The Liz Army

Top 10 reasons I am a brain tumor advocate

In this photo? Three survivors, one window, and one BFF. All from California, and all kicking ass in Washington, DC.

This week I joined with hundreds of my fellow brain tumor advocates from around the country in Washington, DC, to attend the annual “Head to the Hill” lobby day organized by the National Brain Tumor Society. This is the second year in a row I’ve traveled to our nation’s capital to educate our members of Congress on critical issues currently facing the brain tumor community.

Here are the top 10 reasons I am a brain tumor advocate:

  1. Advocacy gives me a path to keep fighting my brain cancer, even though treatment is on pause.
  2. Meeting other brain tumor survivors lets me know I am not alone in this fight.
  3. Meeting families who have lost a loved one to a brain tumor humbles me, and keeps me motivated to advocate for more research.
  4. Buttons and T-shirts: advocates get sweet swag from the National Brain Tumor Society.
  5. Talking to my senators and congressman (whether I voted for them or not) means I am participating in our great democracy. (‘Merica!)
  6. I am putting a living face to a disease not many people know about, and I am demonstrating people can live and thrive when medical research leads to effective treatment.
  7. I get to surprise myself: Before brain cancer I never thought I’d be that person who travels across the country to talk to representatives and senators. Now I am! Holy shit!
  8. Getting to go into government buildings in Washington, DC, makes you feel pretty badass.
  9. I like seeing the brain tumor survivors I met last year… I like knowing that they are doing OK.
  10. My husband says he is proud of me. (Awwwww…)

Are you ready to take a step toward brain tumor advocacy?

Sign up for the National Brain Tumor Society’s advocacy email list to start taking action. (They only send a message when it is important. Honest.)

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  • http://twitter.com/the_sdawg SDAWG

    Way to represent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.richards.50767 Ron Richards

    Liz: Great top 10 list. Very well done. Thanks for your efforts.

  • http://twitter.com/TumorWarrior Regular guy w/ BT

    +11. Social networks are proud of you, too.

    • http://twitter.com/TheLizArmy The Liz Army

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/ZHeatherChamp Heather Z

    I love 7, 8, and 9. :) GO you! :)

  • Winnie

    Hi Liz, I just happened on your blog. I was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma (left temporal lobe) in 1998. I had surgery, and so far that’s all. I love what you are doing – your advocacy is great, but even more, your being out there to show everyone how well you are doing is an important message. Yes, a brain tumor diagnosis is scary, but I have been emailing and meeting with others over the 15 years since my diagnosis, and they are all still around to talk to! Many have had recurrences, but they have moved on with their lives (as you have, and I have) and that message is not really out there. So thanks for giving so much energy to making this easier to deal with! If there is anything I can do for you, please just say so.